62% of Brits prefer their work spouse to their REAL partner

62% of Brits prefer their work spouse to their REAL partner

62% of millennials prefer their “work spouse” to their partner at home, according to shocking research from LinkedIn.

The researchers found that 17% of younger workers have a so-called ‘work spouse’, and 75% of those who do feel that the relationship makes them more comfortable at work.

A ‘work spouse’ is a co-worker, normally of a different gender, who you share a special bond with. Since you share the same workplace, the same daily stresses and understand each other’s workloads, such a friendship can build quickly.

But it’s not only work partners that help build a career, as the research revealed that 37% felt that having a work rival had a positive impact on their career, with 67% being motivated to succeed and 47% to work harder.

Younger generations are more likely to form rivalries, with nearly half (47%) of 16-24-year-olds confessing to having such a nemesis. Yet, younger employees are also more sociable with colleagues. A third (33%) of millennials have a ‘work bestie’ who they meet outside of work, higher than the 28% average.

And 35% reported that having a ‘cheerleader’ positively impacted their career – that is, someone who will provide encouragement and support for you. Despite this, many respondents said that having a rival was better for them, as 14% would rather have a rival than a cheerleader.

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Career Coach Alice Stapleton explained that there are many positive benefits to a bit of healthy competition. “Having a rival can push you to deliver your best work and say yes to opportunities that are outside your comfort zone,” she said.

“Although, having a balance is really important - Cheerleaders can be a great support, and are fantastic for building confidence and self-belief. Broadening your network can help you to identify these key players, build a strong community, and ultimately have a more successful career.”

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