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10 Traits of a Workaholic:Time to Slow Down

If you find yourself spending late nights at work, weekends doing office work and miss family gatherings for work deadlines, it is time for you to slow down.

Office Health By Himanshu Sharma / Nov 12, 2014

Are you a Workaholic?

Being committed about your job is a great quality, but you should be able to draw a line between having a strong work ethic and being a workaholic. You are the latter if you find yourself spending late nights at work, weekends doing office work and miss family gatherings for work deadlines. This behaviour has some potentially serious physical and psychological problems. Here are the characteristics of a ‘workaholic’. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Always the First to arrive and Last to Leave

You’re the first to arrive in the office and the last one to leave. If somebody enquires as to why you come early or leave late, you tell them how the office is quieter when fewer people are around, which helps you to focus. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

There is No Time for Lunch

Your idea to get more work done is to work more hours, which may also include having a haphazard lunch timing. You work through lunch hour every day. Or, you eat lunch at your workstation. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You Take Work Home

Do you often take your work home or to bed? If you do, you are a workaholic. A person of such character will always be worried about work and will be obsessed to make sure things at workplace do not mess-up. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You’ve Never said NO to your Boss

You are your boss’s favourite. Whenever a task pops up, he/she turns to you. The reason being that you have never said NO to anything he/she has asked you to do. You are more than happy to take on extra responsibilities no matter how difficult it is to you. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

And, You've Never said YES to Friends

Be it for your bud's birthday party or a family reunion, your excuse remains, “I can’t make it, I have to work”. You have never said YES to them. After a point of time, they stop asking you. When you try to connect with them, you hear them say “You’re always working”. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You don't have Personal Priorities

Workaholics have trouble paying attention to their family, and even themselves. There is no absenteeism from work, and you work the weekends as well. Even on vacations, you check your email intermittently. There is only one priority, i.e., work. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You are Not in Touch with your Hobbies Anymore

Your mind constantly wanders to work-related subjects; you’ve forgotten how you used to have fun. Even if you engage in those activities, you keep your work close. For example, the books you like reading get the company of work reports. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You Work even when you are Unwell

You may get kudos for working when you are sick, but it’s a bad move. First, you may be making your health worse because you’re not getting proper rest. Second, you might make a sickness-induced mistake on your work. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You Manage Everything by Yourself

It’s impossible to do all the work required alone, but not for workaholics. They think they can do all by themselves or without their teammates. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You are Never satisfied with your Efforts

Even the best of efforts seem not-so-good to you. It’s good to strive for the best, but you shouldn’t underrate the good work and recognize the achievements for yourself and peers. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


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