No disrespect to her strong, happy, real marriage to freelance sports cameraman Sean Cooney. Lin Sue simply acknowledges a reality of today’s workplace: that most of us who work outside the home spend more time with our “work families” than we do our real ones. Which is why happiness at work depends as much on whom you work with as it does the actual work you do.
It’s no secret that most of the staff members at RAK are women. Which makes the role of our lone male employee, Writer/Photographer Daniel Friedman, so extraordinary.
As the community “work husband” (we joke that he’s a polygamist), Dan is a placid and welcome ballast in our estrogen-infused office.
Dan grew up with two sisters, so maybe that’s why he “gets” women. He is completely comfortable being the only guy around (though he did enjoy it when Calendar & Director Editor Mala Blomquist’s husband, Evan, used to come in once a week to do IT work for us). He is unperturbed when lunchtime talk centers on diets, shoes and popular women-targeted TV shows. Sometimes he weighs in with his own unique spin on things. Sometimes he just keeps his head down, focused on his meal.
Dan provides terrific photography for our magazine covers and features, and writes some downright insightful, witty and interesting pieces for our print and daily online “Did You Know…?” features. He’s one of our most prolific writers and bears the pressure of photo shoots, which often involve unpredictable children (and overly anxious parents) with ease.
On top of all that, he’s the amiable recipient of the collective “honey do” list at work. One day, he fixed a broken latch on my point-and-click camera. Another day I saw him heading out the door with Community Relations Manager Katie Charland’s bicycle tire, which Dan, an avid cyclist, planned to repair.
Lin Sue says the label “work husband” doesn’t apply to just any guy who happens to work in your office. “That label is reserved for the rare business relationships that click on both a professional and personal level,” she writes.
Our collective work husband clicks on both accounts.