Psychotherapist Bryan Robinson says that true workaholism is the inability to turn off thoughts of work. Most experts agree that workaholism can lead to detrimental harmful results on the psyche, on the body and to relationships – both personal and professional.
What follows is a tool for self-diagnosis. Even if you seem to be showing four to five of these signs, it still indicates red flags. Here goes…
If you’re steadily advancing your time of departure for work, you are likely to be heading towards workaholism. Long hours do not necessarily mean more productivity. In fact, breaks, rest, and time-off are strongly recommended for increased productivity.
Road rage is defined as aggressive driving that arises from disagreements with other drivers. Do you get angry or lose your temper from a traffic incident? You are indulging in road rage. In workaholics, this is usually the result of impatience, and the feeling that precious time that could be used for work is being wasted on the road!!
Workaholics tend to skip meals and don’t really have time to eat. Even when they do eat, it is often ready-to-eat foods and some meals from the fast food range. Workaholics think that eating is a waste of time. Little do they realize that they have actually placed their health at risk.
Workaholics not only come early to work, but are also the last to leave. And even when they do leave, more often than not, they’ve only grudgingly moved physically out of the work environment. Mentally, they find it difficult to tune-out work-related matters!!
If you are impatient with co-workers and colleagues, and get exasperated with people who cannot keep pace with you, you’re exhibiting typical workaholic behaviour. You’d fall under what’s called a Type A personality. These people are more prone to heart disorders. So watch out!
“If it’s not about work, it’s not worthwhile!” Do you agree with this statement or think on similar lines? If your answer is yes, you’re in trouble. It’s a sure way to become unpopular, and be avoided or feared. Beware!!
Forgetting birthdays and anniversaries, payment of bills, and other errands is a confirmed sign of workaholism. There have even been instances of people forgetting to pick up babies and children on account of addiction to work.
Does that sound like you? Watch out! If your body doesn’t get the rest it needs, how are you going to go about this work you seem to love so much?!!
When and if you do fall asleep, do you also dream only about work? Hmmm, cause for concern, can you hear the alarm bells?
If you are doing this, you’re not only turning into an alcoholic, but are also causing stress to your colleagues. You surely don’t want to expose them to infection, do you?
I hope you’ve happily found that you don’t exhibit any of these signs, and are only feeling sorry for or want to help those who discover that they are, or are in danger of becoming, workaholics.
If you’ve discovered you perhaps are a workaholic, think about it and get a life, friend!!