Episode 11: How to Work With Your Husband at the Office



Have You Ever Worked With Your Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend or Partner?

Do you like your partner enough to work with them? Have you ever thought about it?

This is a challenging topic for a lot of people. There seems to be this idea that if you love someone you should be able to work with them and that's not always realistic.

This month I've invited special guest Mike Hammond, co-creator of the Yankee Ninja digital comic and my husband to join me in a conversation about "How to Work With Your Husband at the Office."

I waffled a bit about having my husband on as a guest, but we've worked together in office settings as well as on our own projects so he seemed like the right person to talk to about how to successfully blend the lines between home and work.

Key Points

  • start with a strong relationship
  • you absolutely have to have compatible personalities and work styles
  • set boundaries → there has to be a clear division of duties

Things to Think About

  • skills → need to have some overlap of skills, but each person also has to be stronger in one area of another
  • personality → probably need to have enough similarities that you're not clashing all the time.
  • work style → this one is really important → if one person has a do it now mentality and the other person is a wait until the deadline then there will be some issues.

The bottom line is that working with your spouse is not for everyone.

Mike suggests, "You might want to give it a trial first to see if you're compatible in the workplace." And he is right.

We had the benefit of working on term papers and school projects before we started working together in the real world. I'm not sure we would have been as successful if we jumped right in at the same company without that past experience. It wasn't the same as working in an office, but we knew we would be able to work well together.

Yankee Ninja

The Yankee Ninja is the project that always get pushed back in the closet when other things pop up.

It started out as a fun side project we could do in our spare time then it snowballed into a major production involving comics, t-shirts, short stories and novels. We even considered doing a video game.

We both want to get the Ninja back in production, but neither of us has the time to work on it on a regular basis so it is in a state of hibernation.

Quick Reminder

I will be at Aroma Joe's 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester on Thursday, June 16th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM if anyone wants to stop by, compare notes and talk about how to keep this year's goals on track. We still have six months to get things up to speed. Even if you got sidetracked somewhere along the way, there is usually a way to use the progress you have made to salvage this year's business plan. NOTE: You don't have to own a business. Personal goals are important too, in fact, my business and personal goals tend to intertwine.