People Are Discovering Their Spouses' Work Personas and It's Hilarious
Working from home has led people to discover their spouses' work personalities and the tweets are so funny.
Most of us have a work persona that we adopt when we're in a professional environment, one that may or may not be very different from our usual personalities. And because this persona is limited to the office, most of us can go our whole lives without knowing what our spouse's daily double identity is. Now that the coronavirus pandemic has so many people working from home, however, many individuals are discovering their spouse's work persona for the first time ever—and it's quite the revelation.
On Mar. 19, InStyle deputy editor Laura Norkin tweeted about hearing her husband in "full work mode." And, as it turns out, he's the "let's circle back" guy.
A funny thing about quarantining is hearing your partner in full work mode for the first time. Like, I'm married to a "let's circle back" guy — who knew?
— Laura Norkin (@inLaurasWords) March 19, 2020
Apparently, a lot of people could relate. Norkin's tweet went viral and her replies were quickly flooded with similar stories of people realizing their spouse is that person at the office.
This man was "shook" when he realized that his wife was the person who keeps saying "one more question" at the end of meetings.
My wife works from home full-time, but I remember the day I realized she was the "one more question" person at the end of meetings. I was shook.
— Steven Lancaster (@SLLancaster) March 19, 2020
And this woman found out that her husband "can actually small talk, just not with anyone we know in non-work life."
Turns out my husband can actually small talk, just not with anyone we know in non-work life.
— Dr Jacqueline Sievert Hardt (@JM_Sievert) March 19, 2020
And what do you even do when you find out you're married to Mr. Just to Clarify?
I'm married to "just to clarify"
— Weary Black Woman (@marcela_ajua) March 19, 2020
Or, even worse, the one who says "let's flesh it out" or "pivot."
I'm living with the flesh it out and pivot guy… Not enough Lysol. pic.twitter.com/sWSiKRTrze
— alisha (@alishawiese) March 19, 2020
One woman was very proud to learn that her husband was the "I don't think Lauren is done speaking" guy. Way to champion workplace equality, Leslie's husband!
The first time I saw Work Husband I was thrilled to find he was a "I don't think Laura was done speaking" guy.
— Leslie J. Anderson (@inkhat) March 20, 2020
Some people came to the realization that their spouses actually use work management techniques on them.
Hearing my wife in meetings–especially with subordinates–and it dawns on me that she uses personnel management techniques on me all the time.
— Clancy, Use the Remote (@RemoteClancy) March 19, 2020
And others realized just how much they married up.
I got to hear my wife discuss fundraising strategies for battling brain diseases, and it was super clear just how "up" I married.
— Dan, after 20 seconds of hand-washing. (@dan_nelson42) March 19, 2020
As funny and relatable as the thread is, it's also a bit of a window as to how living in quarantine will affect relationships in the coming weeks and maybe even months. "This can really go one of two ways," Susan Trombetti, matchmaker and CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking, previously told Best Life. "It can bring you closer, or it can make you want to strangle the living daylights out of your significant other."
To make sure you fall into the former category, Trombetti says you should use the quarantine as "an opportunity for you to deepen your communication." And remember: "No matter how frustrated you get, you have to agree not to take it out on the other person."