GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark your calendars – January 26 is Spouses Day, when men and women across the nation are encouraged to show appreciation for their partner. At WorkingCouples.com (http://workingcouples.com/), the leading site for connecting couples with the employers who hire them, Spouses Day is a reminder of the opportunities and challenges faced by partners who choose to share their personal and professional lives.
"Working together can be powerfully transformative in any relationship," explained Lee Ashworth, co-founder of WorkingCouples.com. "For married couples, a working relationship can offer the chance to become more dedicated team players and stronger, clearer communicators. Likewise, more time spent together means getting to know each other better than would otherwise be possible."
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, celebrating Spouses Day doesn't have to involve buying an expensive gift or spending a night on the town. Instead, demonstrating love and respect by doing just one or a few little things, such as saying "I love you," is all that's necessary.
Of course, marriage is a year-round relationship, and the value of a strong marriage is magnified when spouses work together. To ensure a healthy and mutually fulfilling relationship, both personally and professionally, Ashworth has the following recommendations:
- Have Distinct Roles and Responsibilities. Tensions can rise when both spouses feel like a specific task or problem "belongs" to them. That's why it's helpful to chart out specific responsibilities on day one. It's fine to ask for input now and then, but spouses should for the most part have their own jurisdictions when on the clock.
- Keep Work and Personal Issues Separate. Sometimes, it's impossible not to bring up a troubling work problem at the dinner table. What's important is that each spouse make a sincere effort to build a wall between their personal and professional spaces. In that same vein, dispense with the pet names and shows of affection while at work.
- Respect Each Other's Time and Space. Just because you're married doesn't mean your partner and co-worker "owes" you a certain amount of time in the day. You both have tasks to accomplish as part of doing your job successfully and with pride. Respect is the foundation of a great and lasting relationship.
- Understand Each Other's Strengths and Weaknesses. While having distinct roles is a necessary ground rule, it shouldn't be viewed as absolute – there are times when joining forces on a problem can be fruitful. Knowing when to do so begins with knowing your partner's strong points and weak points. Be ready to lend a hand when you see an especially challenging issue on the horizon.
- Set Aside Some Alone Time. Working with a spouse means being within each other's orbit almost 24/7. Even the most loving couples can grow tired of that eventually, so it's a good idea to schedule a few hours now and then for individual pursuits. Meanwhile, it's equally important that the other spouse not begrudge this alone time. Co-dependency does not a successful relationship make.
The frenzy of modern life has a way of creating fractures in all relationships, marriages being no exception. Many of the jobs posted at WorkingCouples.com provide a welcome respite from the proverbial "rat race." Couples who have decided to walk down a career path together have reported profound results.
Ashworth added: "Working together as a couple can be an adventure. Employers all over the world are looking for couples right now, from retirees to those simply looking for a change of pace."
WorkingCouples.com is updated daily, with job postings from a wide range of industries, including property management, inn/resort management and domestic caretaking.
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