By Nigel Boys
According to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, if you want to be successful in your company and earn that much-needed promotion ahead of the others, you’d better choose a spouse who is supportive, but conscientious around the home.
The researchers found that workers who are focused on their important goals the most are usually in a relationship with a partner who is practical at home and keeps them relatively satisfied. They also found that even if the employed spouse isn’t particularly conscientious at his or her workplace, if their spouse demonstrates this quality at home, they are more liable to try harder.
One researcher said that especially for those who find themselves being rather lazy at work, the best thing for them to do is find a partner who is the exact opposite at home. In other words, their good example of being a fine homemaker will either encourage you to be more conscientious at work or make you feel guilty and motivate you to try harder to provide for them.
The study also found that partners who are conscientious in providing for their family at their workplace, tend to rub off some of their enthusiasm on an otherwise lazy spouse at home, resulting in them getting more done and getting more organized.
On the other hand, someone who is lazy around the house may eventually persuade their spouse to perform in a similar fashion at work, according to Jeff Haden, ghostwriter, speaker and contributing editor for . He adds that this proves the old saying of the late entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn, who declared that people will turn out to be the average of the five people they spend the most time with.
Haden is not saying that marrying a conscientious partner will mean that you will live the rest of your life in a boring, routine existence, or that you should divorce a partner who you feel is lacking in their duties.
The author of TransForm: Dramatically Improve Your Career, Business, Relationships, and Life…One Simple Step at a Time does state that if you find that your partner is lacking in some areas, you might want to help them out. He adds that whether it is routine household chores or managing the family budget, you could take over some of their responsibilities to lighten their load and show your support.