There's being committed to the job, and then there's being a workaholic. It might sound like a polite euphemism for someone who puts maybe a little too much time into work or seems a little too dedicated.
But according to Bryan Robinson, a retired psychology professor, workaholism is an addiction, a serious one that harms not only the addict but also everyone around the person. In fact, it also does a disservice to the group, company or organization to which the workaholic belongs.
Being a workaholic has been linked to sleep disorders, heart attacks and strokes.
In his book "Chained to the Desk," Robinson identifies 12 symptoms that are signs of being a workaholic. While none of these signs alone points to pathology, taken together they indicate a serious problem.
The 12 signs are:
- Rarely delegating or asking for help;
- Showing impatience with others' work;
- Often doing two, three or more tasks at one time;
- Committing to work; biting off more than one can chew;
- Feeling guilty and/or lost when not at work;
- Focusing on results, not the task;
- Focusing on planning, ignoring the here and now;
- Continuing to work after others quit;
- Imposing pressure-filled deadlines;
- Seldom relaxing;
- Attending more to work than to relationships; and,
- Lacking hobbies and social interests.