October 15, 2008 / 7:31 PM / 11 years ago

Work spouses can cause woes with actual spouses

Office workers are seen in a file photo. REUTERS/File

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many workers say they have what’s known as a work spouse, a relationship that can make their actual spouse jealous, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

One in ten workers said they feel like they have a platonic work spouse, or someone they feel married to at the office, said an online survey conducted for CareerBuilder.com.

Of those who are married or attached, 20 percent said their actual spouse or significant other gets jealous of their work spouse, the survey said.

Hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa of ABC’s “Live with Regis and Kelly” topped the list of favorite television work partnerships, according to the survey.

They were followed by host David Letterman and musical director Paul Shaffer of the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS and by host Jay Leno and music director Kevin Eubanks of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Also listed were co-anchors Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” and personality Howard Stern and sidekick Robin Quivers of “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio.

The online survey was conducted among 6,194 U.S. full-time workers by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com between August 21 and September 9. Overall results have a sampling error of plus or minus 1.25 percentage points.

CareerBuilder.com is an online job site owned by Gannett Co. Inc., Tribune Co., The McClatchy Co. and Microsoft Corp. that offers ways to help job seekers connect with employers.

Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Michelle Nichols

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