Whether you're saving up for a new house, a big trip or your child's education, you have all sorts of reasons to work hard. But how do you know when you've crossed the line from working hard to always working? In his book Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them, Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D., discusses how to spot the difference and what you can do to change the situation.
Since we all work in one capacity or another, determining whether you have cause for alarm can seem confusing. But Robinson points out a few key differences between workaholics and healthy workers that can help you determine where you stand:
As with many human issues, being a workaholic isn't a case of you are or you aren't. The degree to which a person is driven by his or her work happens on a scale, and how mild or serious the situation is varies from person to person. To figure out where you stand, Robinson recommends taking the Work Addiction Risk Test (WART). It will help you determine whether you're a workaholic at all, and if so, how severe it is.
You may have looked through the above points, noticed you have some workaholic traits, and now you're wondering, "OK, so maybe I work a lot. What's wrong with that?" Although there is nothing wrong with working hard and enjoying what you do, seeking emotional satisfaction entirely from your job can have detrimental effects on many aspects of your life. You can experience physical symptoms, such as fatigue and ulcers, and emotional side effects, such as devaluing your past successes and current efforts in a way that is upsetting and damaging to both you and those around you. In the wake of work obsession, loved ones can feel lonely, undervalued and ignored, and relationships can crumble.
Robinson stresses that it isn't about sacrificing your dedication to and passion for your career; it's about finding a balance wherein you can give both your work life and your home life the attention each one deserves. To find out more about achieving that balance, check out Robinson's book, Chained to the Desk (amazon.com, $27).
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