The nature of modern communications technology has left us, more or less, terminally connected to each other. True, this has gone a long way toward creating a truly global community of immeasurable value. But it has also contributed to new work-related problems. When individuals feel anxious or guilty about not being available 24 hours a day to respond to work-related issues, they are in danger of succumbing to a newly recognized form of addictive behavior: work addiction.
And, just like any other addiction, there are serious consequences for your health, happiness, and personal relationships.
What is Work Addiction?
In a culture where hard work is praised and putting in overtime is often expected, it can be difficult to recognize work addiction. People with a work addiction will often justify their behavior. They often explain it away by saying it is a good thing and can help them achieve success. They may justify it by feeling they are simply committed to their job or the success of their projects.
However, ambition and addiction are quite different.
Addiction is more than just putting in extra hours to complete an important project or responding to an emergency on the weekend.
Much like someone with a drug addiction, a person with a work addiction achieves a “high” from working. This leads them to keep repeating the behavior that gives them this high. Often, avoiding the guilt and anxiety of being unavailable (and even irrelevant) becomes the high. People with a work addiction may be unable to disconnect despite the negative impact on their personal life or physical and mental health.
Are you heading down this path? Want to know how to protect yourself from becoming a workplace-related addict? This infographic from Regis College contains all the information currently available.
Your career is important, but life is more than professional success… and you don’t want to miss it!