Is job tension ruining your relationship?

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  • Couples who compete over who has had the worse day in the office could be heading for divorce

    Bringing your work problems home could be taking a toll on your relationship, according to a new study.

    Florida State University College of Business found that a lack of support from partners after stressful days at work is causing problems among couples.

    ‘Given that a lack of support from one’s spouse represents a major cause of both divorce and career derailment, this research is needed to address issues that affect bothhomeand work,’ says lead authour Dr Wayne Hochwarter.

    The poll of 400 workingcouples found those with the highest levels of support at home were more likely to besatisfiedwith their marriage, maintain better working relationships with colleagues and concentrated better at work.

    ‘Most important was the ability for a spouse to offer support on days when he or she needs it just as much,’ says Dr Hochwarter.

    ‘When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to either bind people together or break them apart. The findings strongly confirm this with respect to job tension.’

    Successful couples almost always kept a steady supply of emotional and mental support resources on reserve to be able to help their loved one on particularly demanding days.


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