Spouse’s Who Work Together … Get Laid Off Together


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Why on earth would you ever want to work with your spouse? Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife, but I would not want to work with her.  But more than just the fact that you would have to deal with that person non stop 24/7, you are both subject to the same employment problems.   With the economy in the toilet and the constant reminders about portfolio diversification, why is it that so many people don’t consider employment diversification. I know people who worked together and they were both laid off, I don’t think they learned though because they are working together again. The odds of both a husband and wife losing their jobs at the same time when working for separate companies in separate professions is considerably less likely than two people working in the same company.

What would you do if both you and your spouse work for Circuit City, or Goody’s Family Clothing. Both of these companies have gone belly up and are liquidating this year and you would find yourselves both out of a job, both of you looking for similar jobs in a saturated job market. Another factor, and one I am painfully aware of,  is when you have two incomes you tend to spend more and buy bigger. This tendency makes it that much harder for you to be able to maintain your lifestyle when both incomes are lost, and possibly replaced with only part time incomes.  With 11.6 million currently unemployed it is only getting harder to both find, and maintain a job. Why would you want to take the additional risk of both spouses working in the  same company/industry. Even though jobs are getting more scarce this may not be bad time to diversify your employment or at the least increase your emergency fund to ensure you can afford to pay the bills in the event both spouses are suddenly unemployed.

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1 Maria Jones October 13, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I think that is very sad that you say you wouldn’t want to spend 24/7 with your wife. Then why did you marry her and plan on a lifetime?? Also, although you may be subject to the same employment problems, maybe there are people out here that would find it more important and more fulfilling by merely being near their spouse. I would give anything to find a job where I could be with my best friend day in and day out. There are enough things in today’s world, errands to run, appointments to be to, that you will miss your spouse’s company. Why add one more if you don’t need to??
–Happily married!

2 Ryan @ Planting Dollars January 26, 2010 at 5:24 am

It does seem a bit odd to work together in a big company, but growing up my parents started a business together and still work everyday from home together. I don’t know how they do it since they never seem to argue…

I think I’d want a little time apart from my spouse (if I had one), but I suppose I could just go bowling on Saturday nights with the guys to get away for a bit!

3 Kyle January 26, 2010 at 7:34 am

I love my wife but I don’t think i could spend every minute of the day working in the same office as her. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that jazz right?

4 Me October 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I would agree with the author. I am a single female in a committed relationship and while I love my significant other, I need my space. I think that if we work at different companies it is healthier for our relationship.

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