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Brad Mislow and Julie Eyerman travel together, eat daily lunches together, and even argue over not knowing each other's birthdays. They have spent almost every day of the last 15 years together, but they are not husband and wife. They do however, share a professional relationship: they are work spouses.

Call it work at first sight. Brad met Julie in grad school more than 15 years ago. After grad school, they started hunting for jobs together, and moved from Atlanta to New York when they were hired together back in 1999.

Brad and Julie's success haven't come without adversity, and like other relationships, the team has had their share of issues. They've worked through periods of seeing "other" people.

Then came the ultimate test: Brad lost his job in 2009. After a decade of working together, Brad and Julie had to say goodbye. Brad and Julie were not to be kept a part. Brad was rehired a year later.

The couple says what happens in the office is the office, and credit their success to the strong platonic bond they've built over the years.

A Gallup study indicates that "workplaces in which employees report having a "best friend" are more efficient than work places with fewer best friends.

And while two work heads are better than one, Dr Jeff Gardere warns that having an office spouse does not come without risks.

Brad and Julie say their real-life spouses are happy with their work spouses. Brad and Julie say they look forward to many more successful years of work matrimony, knowing that if they were to split, they will forever share a special bond.

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