I am spoiled. For several years I worked with my husband at the same company, and now we work only a few blocks apart. This means that I am used to being able to have lunch with my wonderful husband on a frequent basis and that neither of us has to go out of our way to spend time together in the middle of the day.
My story aligns with the latest USU study finding that work-linked couples tend to have better family lives overall.
But I think there needs to be a caveat to that study about how close the work link is. As mentioned above, I worked at the same company with my beloved husband, but never in the same department. I am not sure how well our relationship would fare if we were working with each other all day and then tried to talk about how our days went at dinner. I imagine the conversation would be something like this:
"How was your day, my dear?
"You already know; you were there."
Or - even worse - we would talk about work all the time and forget that there are other topics of conversation that are far more interesting for couples to discuss.
So, for now, I think a little distance is good. (But not too far - I like being spoiled.)
Have you ever worked with your spouse at the same company? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments.