5 Signs You’re Addicted To Work

‘Work addiction’ is sometimes referred to as a lazy man’s slogan – words from workers who are afraid to work. But is that really the case? Well, paying attention to every work detail, attending all meetings, contributing to various projects effectively, being motivated at work and all associated with productivity are fantastic. But there’s a level that can signify you’re addicted to work. Yes, it’s not a lazy man’s slogan. It’s a real situation.

Those who are addicted to work rarely notice they need help. That makes the condition more like, what can be seen from a neutral perspective. Evaluating yourself sincerely may help, though it’s slightly difficult. But if you’re reading this article as a ‘perceived work addict,’ then you’ve taken a bold step to realizing if the condition is true. You may be able to examine your work life with a more sincere mindset if you’re reading this piece privately, where none of those criticizing your efforts at work could see. However, there’s no guarantee they are right about saying you’re addicted to work.

Let’s look at five (5) prominent signs that you’re addicted to work. If at least 4 of the following work life depict you, then there’s every chance that you’re a work addict and need help.

1) When you always spend much more time than allocated working.

It’s understandable that some days will require extra time to beat deadlines. This is a different case when you always spend time not allocated to working with a fear of failing. Doing so means you are allowing your work to cheaply override other important things in your life, that’s a sign of work addiction.

2) If you have neglected advise from others to cut down working hours.

A behavior noticed by more than two persons independently is not likely a false recognition. The individuals asking you to cut down working hours are seeing your attitude at work than you do.

3) You hate being prohibited at work

If you can’t have a moment without thinking about how to contribute at work, taking your work materials to vacations, feel you are missing out each time you have to spend a day or hours of work doing something else, you are probably addicted to work. It’s becoming a drug that makes you function.

4) You think of how you can free up more time to work

This means you are willing to de-prioritize your hobbies, cut down time you should spend with your family or anything else to give you extra time for work. Something is not normal; you may be dealing with work addiction.

5) You work too much that it has affected your health

This is a terrible situation difficult to realize and gradually take the victims down. It could be psychological or even physical health. If you’re the type that will sit for too long knowing it’s not good for your spine and still wish to sacrifice it to get so much done regularly, there’s a red flag. If you can observe a little change in your health as a result of extra contributions you’re making at work, there’s a big chance you’re a workaholic.

Priyansha Mistry
Currently editor at The HR Digest Magazine. She helps HR professionals identify issues with their talent management and employment law. | Priyansha tweets at @PriyanshaMistry

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