Why is my boss less jovial with me when his wife is around?

I share a secretarial job with my boss' wife (meaning I cover her when she goes on holiday - she goes often alone without my boss, as she visits family and his job is very stressful and he needs to be here more often). When she is away, he cracks jokes and is just more relaxed. As soon as his wife is back on the scene, he gets all anal again and can be quite snappy with me. Why the change?

Asked By: Poopsy - 7/9/2010
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
He doesn't want to act too friendly with you because his wife might think he's cheating? Maybe his wife's presence just gets him in a bad mood, or maybe he likes to show off his authority around his wife.
Answered By: felliax - 7/9/2010
Additional Answers (3)
His wife might have caught the two of you joking before and got on him about it and probably thinks there is something going on between you. Your boss wants to make sure his wife has no reason to suspect that.
Answered By: Purpleflower - 7/9/2010
Because when his wife is around he wants things to seem professional..
Answered By: Jinx - 7/9/2010
Because he doesn't want his beloved wife to think he's having more fun when he is apart from her than when he is with her, so naturally he'll make work seem more like work and less like play.
Answered By: Aporia - 7/9/2010
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