Is Your Job Hard On Your Marriage? Work life balance is key

When you chose your career path, were you thinking about which career would be best for your marriage? Statistically there are a lot of careers that can cause strain on a marriage, so knowing you are in one of those careers is half the battle.

While athletes and performers are certainly more likely to get divorced than most professionals, they aren’t even at the top of the list. Dancers and choreographers are actually the most likely to get divorced, followed by bartenders, massage therapists, and gaming cage workers. The hours and demands of these jobs are likely a contributing factor to marital tension.

Next on the list are gaming service workers, factory workers, telephone operators, nurses and home health aides, and then back to athletes and performers at the bottom of the list.

There are a few things you can do to strengthen your marriage.

For starters, make sure you are dating your spouse for at least 3 years before you marry- statistics show you’ll be 39% less likely to divorce.

Having a big wedding with over 200 guests can also help a lot- you’ll be 92% less likely to divorce. But don’t spend too much on that big wedding – couples who spent over $20,000 were 46% more likely to get divorced. Going on a honeymoon is also important and it will make you 41% less likely to get divorced.

While those things can improve your odds of making it, there are also plenty of things you can do to make your marriage stronger. Sharing chores can strengthen your marriage and if you don’t share the load you will be twice as likely to get divorced.

Watching movies and discussing the characters can really help you bond with your spouse and it will reduce your likelihood of getting divorced by 50%.

If you have a close friend or family member who is divorced you will be 75% more likely to get divorced yourself, so try to hang out with married couples whenever possible.

You can also choose a profession with a lower divorce rate. Optometrists have the lowest divorce rates, followed by clergy members, sales engineers, podiatrists, and nuclear engineers. Whether it’s the steady hours, decent paychecks, or the relatively slower-paced lifestyles that contribute to low divorce rates is purely speculative, but it sure couldn’t hurt things.

As an employer you can promote healthy marriages by helping employees to have a better work-life balance. A little flexibility can go a long way. After all, work life isn’t everything and happy employees have better job performance. Promoting health personal lives can pay off for your company in the long run.

Learn more about which professions are most likely to get divorced as well as what you can do to prevent it from this infographic. Are there any on there that surprise you? What can you do better as an employer to make sure your employees don’t become statistics? If your profession is on the list, what are you doing to shore up your relationship?