5 Questions To Ask Yourself To Determine If You’re A Workaholic

July 30, 2015

In today’s society, most managers feel the need to overexert themselves to keep up with job demands.

They want to impress clients, prove themselves to their own bosses, and stay on top of their employees, all of which is often impossible to do during a regular 9-5 workday.

However, some supervisors are simply addicted to their jobs, putting in extra hours when they are not required.

This interferes with personal and family time, creating an unbalanced work life scenario. Workaholics experience many issues, from problems with family members to actual health concerns that result from too much stress and not enough relaxation.

To determine whether you are a workaholic, ask yourself these five questions.

Do you arrive to work before anyone else, and stay after everyone leaves?

No one is challenging the fact that leaders often have to work overtime to accomplish all their tasks, however some managers spend more time at the office than at home. It’s important to assess how much you work in comparison with others, and if you see a big discrepancy, figure out why it is taking you so many more hours to get work done that others in your firm.

Do you constantly check your phone and/or email?

Workaholics have a hard time disconnecting from their work duties, and let them infringe on personal time. While it is normal to check your emails or phone calls once or twice throughout the weekend, it is not healthy to do so every hour. This habit will prevent you from being able to concentrate on anything else, and will always keep you busy with work.

Do you not trust your staff, and prefer to do most tasks on your own?

A workaholic is so hooked on work that she doesn’t give anyone else the chance to help. A classic example of this is a micromanager that hovers over her employees, wasting her own time, for the fear that they will make a mistake.

Do you overcommit, and struggle to multitask?

Think back to the last week, and try to remember if you had enjoyed even one lunch without working while eating. If you are a workhorse, you have likely committed to more work than you can realistically handle, causing you to juggle two or three things at once.

Do you easily get angry with your team when they make mistakes?

Individuals that are obsessed with work often expect unrealistic standards from others. They get irritated when a simple mistake is made, or get upset if the staff members don’t spend day and night at the office like they do.

If you have answered yes to most of these questions, it is wise to rethink your commitment to work and how it measures up to your commitment to your personal life. It is important to have a healthy balance for the mind, body and spirit.

Therefore, if you are a workaholic, you should change your ways to live a happier and more balanced lifestyle.

Many thanks

Gavin Muge

Senior Trainer & Consultant

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