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Workaholic Signs, Effects and Intervention

Updated on September 2, 2014
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Check for the signs

It is one thing to love your job, but it’s another to let your employment dictate your life. Just like an addiction, many individuals fail to see that they are true workaholics. Be on the lookout for these signs:

1. You bring work home

You may not have a time card at home but your family wonders why not! Instead of relaxing and recharging you work at home. Your job follows you even to the bathroom and the bedroom.

2. Can’t delegate tasks

Workaholics can’t (or won’t) delegate tasks. Assigning tasks is as difficult as taking time to rest and relax. They argue that they can do a better job themselves instead of assigning it to someone else.

3. Work is a relaxation technique

Be concerned when you consider analyzing the company’s profit-loss report as your relaxation break. Worse, do you get sick when you are not working? Yes, many workaholics get sick; feel depressed or anxious if they are not on the job. This psychosomatic reaction puts you in the workaholic watch list.

4. Personal life, family and friends take a back seat

When your job drives your every activity and your family and friends take a back seat then you are definitely a candidate for the workaholic award. When you log on to your Facebook account to update clients and work, then you have to really consider getting a life apart from your employment.

Workaholics beware!

1. Watch out for stress

Employment-related stress has become a common and undoubtedly costly concern for the workplace.

A survey conducted by Northwestern National Life shows that 25% of workers identify their job as the cause of their stress. Moreover, according to Princeton Survey Research Associates, 75% of employees believe that there is more work-related stress today compared to a generation ago. In addition, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance co. said that workers point to job-related stressors as cause of their health complaints.

2. Collapse of your social network

This is not about social media going obsolete. Rather this is you shutting yourself out. Personal relationships get strained when it gets less attention. According to a research done by the University of North Carolina, having a workaholic as a spouse doubles the possibility of divorce. In another study, workaholic parents increases the depression and anxiety rates of their children.

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What to do

1. Establish a concrete boundary between work and personal life

Clearly differentiate your personal life from your job. This way, you get a better view of how you spend your time. Moreover, setting rules regarding your schedule allows you to set aside time for work and for yourself, family and friends.

2. Get a hobby aside from work

Find something else to do other than work-related tasks. You can join groups, clubs and take time outside your office. It would be an excellent idea to find a hobby or activity not involving people from the office. This expands your social network and gives you time away from anything remotely associated with work.

3. Go out with friends and family

Plan a trip with your family and friends. Whatever the activity you plan to do, make sure it is not related to work. During this time, focus on strengthening personal relationships. Go on a vacation with the whole family, have a regular date night with your spouse, schedule a monthly bonding with the kids, organize a class reunion, the choices are endless!

4. Don’t talk about work

Refrain from talking about work. Get your mind off the office-related concerns. There is more to life than work. Talk about life, religion, politics, or the next American Idol. Just make an effort to redirect your focus away from work.

Workaholism is a serious concern. Many fail to realize that they have this problem. Remember that you have a life outside of work that is equally (or even more) important. Employment is just one part of life. It should not dictate everything that you do.


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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Jenn,

      If you're stressed, then it's about time to focus on your own relaxation.

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      Jenn 5 years ago

      Officially I'm stressed out from work!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Sunshine625,

      Sometimes a quick break is all we can do. Better a quick break than nothing at all.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Jpcmc, These are interesting signs and great tips for workaholics. Since I work from home and tend to work too much the only escape for me is leaving my house, which I do often to come up for air!:)

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there Jasmine A Holt. It's easy tojustify workahilism or at least spending too much time at work with the idea that they are doing it for the family. But family time and even alone time is equally important. When stress creeps in, it can be detrimental to the person - his career and his health. Ultimately, it can affect the family as well.

      Balance is always the best way to go. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the matter.

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      Jasmine A Holt 5 years ago from Florida

      Jpmc, great read. It is extremely difficult for some to separate their work and family life. They feel as if it must get done. A lot of people put it on needing to make money so the family or themselves can survive. Hopefully, a balance can be found for those who are struggling.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there Brinafr3sh. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your ideas. I love your suggestion. I need sleep. LOL

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi JPCMC, great article; getting a hobby aside from working all the time is an important idea. And also choosing a day to just sleep-in will help with balance as well. Voted up, and useful.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi djmiller83. Thanks for reading and sharing. In the end, we work for the benefit of our family. Balancing our time for work and family is important.

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      djmiller83 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      great article. It's good to have a good balance in work and family life.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Wonderful hub!

      If we don't draw the line between work and home, family and children suffer.

      I feel lucky that I am not workaholic

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Thanks for reading and commenting gchisnall. I'm no expert but as long as your work is not affecting other facets of your life then you're still good. Just don't let it go far that you work compulsively.

      Btw, welcome to hubpages.

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      gchisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Very nice hub and I am very guilty on a number of your points!