When you think “career power couple” you might think of famous duos such as Jay-Z and Beyoncé or Barack and Michelle Obama, but it turns out that 79% of couples (where both partners have a career) think of themselves as career power couples, too.
Harvard Business Review says that a career power couple is when “both members of a couple are focused on their careers.” As the number of couples in which both partners work, it is interesting to see trends in this space.
A new study, done by ZenBusiness, a platform that helps entrepreneurs with starting, running, and growing a business, surveyed 856 people that are in dual-career relationships and found out the generation that most thinks they are in a career power couple, as well as the benefits to identifying like our idols Jay and Bey.
Millennials said they are in a career power couple more than any other generation
Millennials were the most likely to identify as career power couples, with 82% of this generation agreeing that they felt they are in a power couple, compared to 73% of Baby Boomers and 70% of Gen Xers. Millennials characteristically value their careers, so it’s not surprising that they want a partner who does, too.
There are advantages to being in a career power couple
It turns out that identifying as a “career power couple” is a good thing not only for a person’s career but also for their work-life balance and romantic relationship. The survey took a look at these issues, comparing results from career power couples and noncareer power couples.
Career power couples were less likely to be dissatisfied with their career, work-life balance, and romantic relationship.
According to the survey, 56% of people in a career power couple said that they are extremely or very satisfied in their career, compared to only 38% of people not in a career power couple.
Only 2% of people in a career power couple said that they are not at all satisfied with their work-life balance, compared to 8% of people in a noncareer power couple.
There was a slight difference in satisfaction with their romantic relationship between the two different kinds of couples, with 77% of people in career power couples saying they are satisfied with their relationship compared to 73% of people in noncareer power couples.
Do couples talk about work at home?
Out of all people surveyed, 57% said they talk about work with their partner every day, while 31% said they talk about it weekly, 7% said monthly, 4% said at most every few months, and only 1% said they never talk about work.
So, most couples talk about work pretty frequently, but how often do couples argue about work? According to the survey, 36% of couples never argue about work, while another 36% said they argue about work at most every few months. Only 4% of couples said they argue about work daily.
Unsurprisingly, couples that work in the same industry are most likely to argue more frequently about work. According to the survey, couples that are satisfied with their career were most likely to never argue about their work at home.
The survey also found that couples who consulted each other for career advice were more likely to be satisfied with their career. Of course, couples who work in the same industry consult each other for career advice more frequently than those working in different industries.
Overall, 92% of respondents say that they at least slightly consider their partner a top source for career advice, while one in three people surveyed says that they strongly consider their partner a top source for career advice.
What kind of career advice do people seek from their partners?
Couples are most likely to turn to their partner to discuss dealing with their manager or for advice on work stress. Here’s a breakdown of the most popular subjects couples talk about relating to work:
- 68% said dealing with a supervisor or boss
- 65% said managing work stress
- 62% said dealing with office politics
- 49% said promotion or raise negotiation advice
- 42% said job search advice
- 40% said management advice
- 36% said interview advice
Does one person’s career take priority?
Speaking of arguing, there definitely could be a few couples spats if one person’s career takes priority over the others. Half of the respondents reported that they have discussed whose career takes priority in their relationship and decided that neither partners’ career takes priority, while 34% said they have discussed it and agreed that one of their careers does take priority. The remaining 16% of respondents said that they have never discussed the matter with their partner.
Overall, 45% of respondents said that they were resentful of their partner’s career taking priority.
The survey analyzed respondents’ answers to this question by gender and found that 75% of women said their partner’s career takes priority over their own, while only 43% of men answered the same way. These results could be influenced by the gender wage gap as the biggest factor in determining whose career takes priority was who makes a higher salary.
Here’s a breakdown of the most popular factors that determine whose career takes priority in a relationship:
- 60% said who makes a higher salary
- 38% said who has better benefits
- 37% said who has greater career potential
- 29% said who has greater employment prospects
- 24% who has less responsibilities at home or outside of work
- 21% said who has more career experience