Reliable spouse important for successful career

Posted on September 23, 2014

Having a successful career may depend on your marital choice as new research suggests a spouse’s personality influences how well you climb the career ladder.

Researchers discovered a person’s significant other played more of a role than close co-workers when it came to pay raises, promotions, and other measures of career success. The personality of a person's spouse influences the experiences that lead to greater occupational success and research revealed that having a conscientious spouse appears to be the key to success.

Research findings suggest that having a conscientious spouse contributes to workplace success in three ways.

First, the working spouse may come to rely on his or her partner to handle more of the day-to-day household chores, such as paying bills, buying groceries, and raising children.

Over time, workers also may be likely to emulate some of the good habits of their conscientious spouses, bringing traits such as diligence and reliability to their own workplace challenges.

Finally, having a spouse that keeps your personal life running smoothly may simply reduce stress and make it easier to maintain a productive work-life balance.

A person's spouse certainly has great influence over such important life experiences; this study suggests that people with ambitious career goals may be better served to seek supportive partners with highly conscientious personalities.

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Category(s):Relationships & Marriage

Source material from Psych Central

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