Jaron Cumerford may be the boss at work, but at home, partner Shelley Mayes is the boss.
Jaron Cumerford may be the boss at work, but at home, partner Shelley Mayes is the boss. Georja Ryan

Who plays boss when dating at work?

THE age old debate of 'who wears the pants' can prove hard to resolve for some couples, especially when they share an office as well as a bed.

But, the consensus around Warwick is the benefits of working with your partner far outweigh the negatives.

Voyage Fitness Centre manager Jaron Cumerford and his partner Shelley Mayes, a personal trainer at Voyage, agreed working together was fabulous.

"He's the boss at work, but I'm the boss at home," Ms Mayes said.

She and Mr Cumerford said it was good to know they could be honest with each other about anything, which helped their working relationship.

"It's really easy because we know each other so well," Mr Cumerford said.

Down the road at Olsen's Home and Hardware, Alan and Leanne Olsen have been working together for 30 years and, like Mr Cumerford and Ms Mayes, they said it was great.

Mrs Olsen said the only way to make it work was to draw a distinct line between personal and work life.

"We have our own jobs here and we don't take work home with us," Mrs Olsen said.

Their top three tips for other couples who worked together, and to avoid treading on each other's toes, were:

  1. Differentiate between work and home.
  2. Have demarcation; don't try to do the same thing at work
  3. If there is one boss, have one boss - for the sake of the employees.


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