Numerous studies suggest being a workaholic can be beneficial – helping to improve personal feelings of accomplishment, experience and skills, pride and self-esteem.
However, in many cases being a workaholic can also be harmful, and not only to yourself but to your relationships as well. Below are four reasons why your drive to work hard and inability to switch off may have more negatives than positives.
Being overworked means you are likely to be missing out on sleep, regular healthy meals and exercise. This can greatly impact your health and well-being. A recent study at the Kansas State University, US highlighted a significant decline in health in people who consider working 50 hours per week the norm.
Working long hours may be a sign of a dedication and productivity, but actually the opposite is true. Extensive research shows being overworked can affect your energy, concentration and decision making skills.
Many workaholics do not take time out to relax and reenergise and are thus at serious risk of running themselves into the ground. Setting time for things that you love, such as spending time with your family and friends, or going for a run will actually help to boost your productivity, so embrace time off.
Missing out on the important things
Workaholics are typically those who go on holiday to relax, but actually end up checking their emails daily and sitting by the pool answering urgent calls. If you are struggling to switch off while you’re at home with the kids or vacationing in paradise then it’s a clear sign you need to assess your work/life balance. Your family want to be with you as mum/dad, partner, brother/sister – not who you are at work.
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