The ability to work hard is a big plus in any individual. However, an addiction to work can be very unhealthy. Here are four signs to consider when gauging your own level of addiction to work.
If you are a workaholic, then you are probably the first to arrive and the last to leave the workplace. While on the clock, doing a good job is not enough for you. You strive to be the best at what you do and can tend to be very competitive if someone else surpasses you. This can sometimes provoke you to go beyond what’s necessary to meet employer expectations and demands.
Recommendation: While being passionate about work is definitely commendable, an extreme devotion to your job can make you vulnerable to health issues as well as unhealthy boundaries. Taking breaks in between your work can definitely help relax your mind and body and can even enhance the quality of your work.
Receiving project praise is paramount for a workaholic to feel validated as an employee and even as an individual. If a workaholic does not receive acknowledgment for their good work, they may add more projects to their plate until they receive recognition.
Recommendation: Ultimately, it’s important for an employee to separate themselves from their work. If feedback is desired, sometimes the best way to get it is simply to ask for it. Communicating this need can often help bridge the gap between a lack of recognition and a surplus of compliments.
Participating in social conversations might be a struggle if you are a workaholic. Even when surrounded by friends and family, you might feel at a loss for words when discussing topics not related to work. At times like these, you might give up on friendly interaction altogether.
Recommendation: Purposely taking your mind off of work to have a meaningful conversation with someone you love can be very enlightening and refreshing. It might feel like you are exercising a muscle for the first time, but over time practice can make perfect.
Those addicted to work might allow it to invade evenings, weekends, and holidays. This inevitably takes time away from rest and relationships. If you are prone to this lifestyle, your spouse or partner might complain about your value for your job being above your value for them.
Recommendation: It is important to place time restrictions on tasks so that you can enjoy other aspects of life, with the people you love. While no two relationships are the same, it’s true that no amount of work can make up for the joy of simply spending time with valued friends and family members.
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