Research conducted by Washington University in St Louis suggests that your spouse plays a key role in shaping a successful career.
The study involved 5,000 married people, amongst whom 75% were couples where both partners were working. The researchers asked all participants to rate their spouse on five traits; openness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism and conscientiousness.
Following this, they assessed career growth parameters such as success at work, self-reports on job satisfaction, salary increases, and promotions. The researchers, Joshua Jackson and Brittany Solomon, found that participants who had conscientiousness partners scored highest on the measures of success.
"When it comes to pay raises, promotions and other measures of career success, it is the husband or wife at home who may be exerting a bigger influence on workplace performance," said lead author Joshua Jackson, an assistant professor of Psychology in Arts and Sciences at the Washington University in St. Louis.
The findings are to be published in the journal Psychological Science.