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Being dedicated to and passionate about your job are good qualities, but there’s a differentiation between having a strong work ethic and being a workaholic, something that needs to be perceived as a serious condition.
Are you dedicated to the job or on the verge of being committed for your addiction to it? Here we are to help you find it out!
Always First One in at Work
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You might think, “I like coming in early because the office is quieter and I can focus,” or “I like to stay late because it’s a chance for me to organize my projects for the next day.”
Working Through Lunch Hour
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“Many of us believe that the best way to get more work done is to work more hours. But the reality is that we’re more productive when we build in intermittent periods of renewal during our day,” says Stephanie Marston, a motivational speaker, best-selling author and a stress and resiliency expert.
Working over Weekends
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When your boss wants you to work on weekends, you agreeably go ahead without saying disagreeing.
Having No Real Hobbies
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If when asked what you do for fun, you respond, “I like to read” - when what you read are reports for work - or “I like to work out” - when you read work reports while running on the treadmill - it’s time to reevaluate.
Get Stressed When Not at Work
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“Workaholics that cannot relax on vacation. Those people who are white-knuckling it, and becoming irritated and snappy - they’re actually going through withdrawal,” says Bryan E. Robinson, a psychotherapist in Asheville, N.C., and the author of the soon-to-publish third edition of the book “Chained to the Desk.”
Devalue Personal Priorities
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Workaholics have trouble with self-care and devoting attention to their families, so they also are mystified by co-workers who do.
No Real Vacations
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If you are working more than you are vacationing while on vacation, or if you are not taking vacations where you don’t work at all, you might have a problem.
Hiding Work from Loved Ones
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Robinson ties in a story from his own struggles with workaholism; when he hid a work project in his jeans when packing for a family getaway: “We were vacationing at the beach, and I told (my family) I was going to sleep,” he says. “As soon as they went outside, I took my project out and furiously worked. When they came back, I hid the project and pretended I was asleep. Now I see the sickness in it.”
Never Told Your Boss ‘No’
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Not only are you willing to take on extra responsibilities, but you also encourage it. The most productive employees recognize when they are or will be drawn-out and speak up.
By Sowmya Sangam