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Jun 08

Guest Post: Are You a Workaholic?

By David Lawson

Are You a Workaholic?

Are you a workaholic? Part-way through January, how is your work-life balance? Who’s winning – life or work?

The Macquarie Dictionary defines “workaholic” as a person who is addicted to work.

In my earlier working life, being a workaholic was regarded as a badge of honour. It definitely didn’t have the same stigma as being an alcoholic – someone addicted to intoxicating drinks.

Alcoholism can have devastating effects on the person themselves as well as those around them e.g. if they drink-drive. The “One Punch can Kill” media campaign began in response to intoxicated people – generally young men – taking out their anger on someone else, often causing fatal or long-term debilitating injuries.

So, are the effects of being a workaholic any less devastating?

“A workaholic will die faster than an alcoholic any day,” says Diane Fassel, PhD, author of Working Ourselves to Death.

Workaholism is regarded as a coping strategy and can be a symptom of emotional problems including underlying anxiety and depression shaped by obsessive-compulsive personality traits.

How do you recognize work addiction in yourself?

If staying late and working weekends are what get the job done, do these factors indicate an “addiction” to work? Not necessarily.

A question to ask yourself is whether or not you can enjoy life and feel energetic and purposeful when you’re not at work? If you say no, you may be in the danger zone…(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “Are You a Workaholic?” by By David Lawson, by clicking  HERE.