“Nidhi, Kya tumhe pata nahi ki jab pati patni ek jagah kaam karte hai to musibat kabhi na kabhi aa jati hai? (Nidhi don’t you know that if husband and wife work together, the problem is bound to happen)”, Dadi Bua snapped at Nidhi when she heard that Dr.Ashutosh promoted Nidhi as an intern in Koutnis Hospitals.
Confused? Err..Din’t I mention about my recent obsession with Hindi serials for various reasons here and how I am planning to cut down and improve here. Anyways the dialogue quoted is from Kuch to Log Kahenge which despite being non-Ekta Kapoor “K” stuff is still a crappy piece of work! Having said that, Ekta Kapoor has improved a lot with experience. Her recent soap Bade Acche Lagte Hai is much different from her usual crap. She finally delivers something good to watch after 10 long years in the industry. BAHL definitely calls for a review. Will do one soon!
I know this has been a topic of discussion for a long time and no one has ever reached a logical conclusion. I have diverse opinions on this matter. I have spoken about this at large and have gotten some mixed responses. Although a lot of organisations prohibit spouses working together, my previous organisation and for that matter, even my current one does not have any such stated policy. However, I think it is not a very good idea. And I have some very strong reasons behind it.
- I have always believed that even the happiest of couples can have their share of disagreements especially when it comes to work.
- While in a relationship you’re meant to care and share, in work you’ve got to be competitive at times. Besides, I feel things can get nasty if the person you’re competing with is your spouse.
- One has to realise that you will see each other day in and day out.
- Being in the same team could also mean having common friends. Now, c’mon don’t you think that sometimes ranting to a friend helps, when you’re peeved at your husband? You might actually lose out on that fun if your spouse is your co-worker.
- There are chances that you would tend to mix work and home. You could carry work to home and vice-versa, screwing both personal and professional life.
- Sometimes things can get really awkward if one has to report to the other. Although, organisations do ensure they do not encourage this to avoid unfairness.
- Staying in the same company would mean putting all of your eggs in the same basket,which might not be a very good idea during an economic downturn.
However, having worked for almost 5 years in corporate world I have a slightly different opinion now. I have started to feel that it’s not that bad an idea afterall ! And here’s why I say so:-
- When husband and wife work in the same firm, they might get to travel together. The time that would otherwise have been spent on travelling could be an opportunity for them to spend time together. Imagine the amount of money that could be saved in toll tax, commuting expenses by travelling together especially in a place like Delhi ;).
- Firms these days are so considerate that if one person gets a transfer, the spouse does not have to worry. It’s almost a said rule everywhere that the spouse automatically gets a transfer.
- I have seen cases where when one goes onsite, the firms actually go out of the way to send the other one too.
- There are lots of incentives that people get when they marry within the company. From an HR point of view, as a couple they are more loyal when they work for the same firm.
- I have also seen cases where if one person is good, the other easily free-rides. Oh yes, I am serious! In my previous organisation I have seen some pathetic people go onsite because their spouse was brilliant and the company could not afford to lose an intelligent person.
So, the point I am trying to convey is that there are both pros and cons when you work with your spouse. The intelligent thing to do according to me would be to draw a line and make sure that both understand that no work is worth screwing the relationship. Sit together and discuss how to make things work for good and stick to it, no matter what!
And if you ask me, my choice is obvious. To me, the relief I can see on Dh’s face if I hug him when he comes home tired is priceless. On days when I am too busy, the simple Maggi that he cooks for me is much better than the countless lunches we would have had together if we worked in the same firm. I would love to wait for him at the end of the day rather than spending 24-hours with him every day!
What do you have to say about this?
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