Is the term “work wife” a thing of the past? Forty-five percent of American adults think so. In the 2010s, work wife was the norm but today the term seems dated.
“There’s been a shift towards stronger divisions between our personal and professional lives, partly in response to the intense blurring of boundaries that took place during the pandemic, when we were all Zooming into each other’s homes,” says Julianna Pillmer, professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business.
The benefits are real though. Those of us who have a close friend at work are happier and more successful at work.