I took the workaholics quiz
you have on your QuintCareers.com Website and it said that I was in danger of
overdoing it. Unfortunately I have a boss who does not believe there is anything
but work and more work. In fact most of us in the office never even take all our
vacation time for fear of what might happen. So I guess I want to ask — what should
I do? Should I be concerned? Or is my boss right about all of us being a lazy society?
The Career Doctor responds:
I’m not surprised that your boss does not believe in workaholism; I am
however disappointed. Workaholism can be described as when work
becomes the sole reason for a person’s existence above more important
things (such as family and friends). Please note — this definition is much
more than someone who is a hard worker.
Being overworked can obviously lead to job burnout and dissatisfaction but
more importantly workaholism is not something to take lightly because it
can lead to very serious health and relationship issues.
In my mind there are two types of workaholics — those who do so of
their own free will and those who are forced by circumstances to do so.
And given the changes in the workplace over the last decade — the massive
layoffs and downsizings the focus on efficiency — many workers are working
longer hours performing the work formerly done by two people.
And as you mention in your office — and confirmed by national studies — a healthy
percentage of U.S. workers do not take their full allotment of vacation time either
because they feel pressure not to do so or because they fear they will not be
seen as loyal to the company.
But vacation plays a critical role in helping maintain a balance between work
and life. Other tips for reducing workaholism: when you do go on vacation
don’t bring the work with you; start an exercise program (after clearing it with
your doctor) schedule time for family and friends and find a hobby or volunteer.
And if your work environment is so bad take some vacation time to plan your
next job or career move.
For more information read this article published on Quintessential Careers:
Are You — or Someone
You Know — a Workaholic?
And for those of you seeking balance between work and your personal life
read this Quintessential Careers article:
10 Tips for
Getting Your Work/Life in Balance.