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Spouse Is Oblivious They Follow SO Around During Business Calls, Learns Not To The Hard Way
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Spouse Is Oblivious They Follow SO Around During Business Calls, Learns Not To The Hard Way

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Working from home, when your professional and personal worlds collide, can become rather chaotic. But in the case of Reddit user Wary_Marzipan2294‘s spouse, it was the employee themselves who made it weird.

In a post on the subreddit ‘Petty Revenge,’ the person explained that their partner developed a rather peculiar habit: they started mysteriously popping up next to the Redditor whenever they were on a business call, reacting to the smallest sound and demanding silence.

Eventually, it got to the point where Wary_Marzipan2294 felt like they needed to do something about it and put an end to this. Continue scrolling to read how they managed to pull it off; hopefully, the story will serve as a reminder that boundaries matter.

People who work from home have to be careful about their job “spilling out” into their personal lives

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Which is something that happened to this person’s spouse

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As this story shows, we need to be mindful of boundaries

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Some of the main points of this story can be reaffirmed by research from the University of Turku in Finland, which also analyzed the blurred boundaries between work and family responsibilities during the lockdown in the country back in 2020.

The researchers found that women, in particular, were struggling to effectively draw lines between the two domains, especially if they were unable to negotiate an equitable distribution of work and responsibilities with partners.

An interesting study from the University of Jyväskylä, also in Finland, explored whether this blurring of boundaries between our personal and professional lives was the “new normal.” Our digital devices are fueling this shift, since long gone are the days when they would “just” allow calls and texts and we can now transfer files, work on documents, have video conferences, and so on.

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But some employers understand that having balance is still important and have attempted to restrict access to work systems outside of office hours. They fear that people are burning out, and not getting the rest their mind needs to function effectively.

But some suggest there are better strategies available. A paper from Baylor University describes how researchers worked with around 400 couples to examine how they managed remote working, particularly in terms of striking a balance between personal and professional lives.

They believe that taking regular breaks is crucial, not least as they help people to buffer the negative consequences of the various unintentional interruptions that can plague our day.

Preventing our work-life boundaries from eroding entirely remains a challenge, but at least Wary_Marzipan2294 found a way to put a muzzle on it in their household.

People who read the original post were eager to share their thoughts on it

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jacintafinn avatar
I_imagine_even_worse_w***s
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That comment "mine always came to the bathroom and he'd lay on the rug.." I legit initially thought she was speaking about her SO doing something the same as OPs SO 😄

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Dainty72
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know why but, this has really made me angry!! It's so weird that this is happening at all, but when it's pointed out and the person denies this is happening, but continues??? It's VERY passive aggressive.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought it was rather normal, in a way. I think it shows the spouse is unconsciously attached and wanders in wherever OP happens to be. They don't even realize it. I saw it as a sign of a strong couple, actually.

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Ash
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The thing about unconsciously following a person around the house while on the phone is totally normal, I think. It's that social animal instinct. The not being able to admit you're doing it when it's pointed out is no bueno. At least the spouse finally got the picture...

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Bec
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope. If I get any call at home I immediately move somewhere where I won't be interrupting anything else going on in the house. Outside of weather allows, bedroom if not.

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jacintafinn avatar
I_imagine_even_worse_w***s
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That comment "mine always came to the bathroom and he'd lay on the rug.." I legit initially thought she was speaking about her SO doing something the same as OPs SO 😄

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Dainty72
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know why but, this has really made me angry!! It's so weird that this is happening at all, but when it's pointed out and the person denies this is happening, but continues??? It's VERY passive aggressive.

amandawoods71 avatar
ί𝔫CίŦᵃт𝐔𝐬
Community Member
2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought it was rather normal, in a way. I think it shows the spouse is unconsciously attached and wanders in wherever OP happens to be. They don't even realize it. I saw it as a sign of a strong couple, actually.

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Ash
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The thing about unconsciously following a person around the house while on the phone is totally normal, I think. It's that social animal instinct. The not being able to admit you're doing it when it's pointed out is no bueno. At least the spouse finally got the picture...

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Bec
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope. If I get any call at home I immediately move somewhere where I won't be interrupting anything else going on in the house. Outside of weather allows, bedroom if not.

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