Signs You May Be Addicted to Work & Helpful Tips

By Thomas Cazneau

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.

1.       No Boundaries

Work Addiction

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.

2.       Project Praise is Paramount

Workaholics Project Praise
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.

3.       Conversations Revolve Around Work

Conversations Workaholics
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.

4.       No Time for Relationships

Priorities Workaholics
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.

What is your experience with working too much? Share your tips below in a comment. We would love to hear your thoughts.


Comment from Will
Time: April 18, 2012, 7:24 pm

I found this very well structured and very enlightning, thanks for bring a new and healthy perspective to work life.

Comment from Nicole Alsted
Time: April 18, 2012, 8:02 pm

Wonderful blog, Thomas.. Really really good work :)

Comment from Krystle
Time: April 18, 2012, 8:11 pm

Great blog Thomas! :)

Comment from Joni
Time: April 19, 2012, 6:09 am

Being a workaholic may be good for the company until you get a burn out. That happened to me years ago. It took me 4 years to recouperate. It’s good to watch out for signs and set bounderies for yourself. Nice article Thomas!

Comment from Michael
Time: April 19, 2012, 5:43 pm

That is a very well written article.

Comment from DiandraN26
Time: April 19, 2012, 7:28 pm

Great advice, passing down to my work addited husband :)

Comment from Nichol Perez
Time: April 19, 2012, 8:35 pm

I wanna win please pick me. Love Jamba Juice.

Comment from john sylvester
Time: April 20, 2012, 12:37 am

at the end of day i feel stressed when i think i have little time to spare for my family ..need to work on that area,thanks for the nice article

Comment from Kirsten
Time: April 20, 2012, 7:03 am

This is an excellent article. One thing to always keep in mind is that your work actually improves when you take a break. Your mind, your body and your spirit is refreshed which can only help your performance and your life.

Comment from Michelle Singer
Time: April 20, 2012, 3:22 pm

i used to work 7 days a week, on call also. ended up falling on my face. its not worth it.

Comment from Rachel
Time: April 22, 2012, 7:26 pm

In a way, I think I’m very much of a workaholic. Interesting article.

Comment from kaiserquotes
Time: April 25, 2012, 5:38 pm

I know how you feel, John. Do you have any suggestions that might help others balance family and work?

Comment from kaiserquotes
Time: April 25, 2012, 5:40 pm

Great insights, Kirsten. Thanks for sharing.

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