In the fast-paced, high-stakes, always-on world of business today, work addiction is becoming a serious concern. It affects more than just your job. It creeps into your personal life and can also have a dangerous impact on your mental and physical health.
More and more professionals are experiencing the symptoms of over-work and stress that eventually lead to career burnout. But can that be called addiction? After all, In a society that has always valued hard work and dedication, how do differentiate between the drive to succeed and a dangerous obsession?
What, exactly, is work addiction?
The fundamental difference is the compulsive urge to overwork versus a healthy desire to work. Simply put, a person suffering from work addiction immerses themselves in work to achieve a virtual “high” that can be as powerful as any drug. This is not the same as the person who puts in extraordinary effort over a limited period of time to complete a project or steps in to handle an emergency on occasion. If you find that you only feel alive when your working, you might be entering the danger zone.
So, how can you avoid this addiction? What does recovery look like?
If you’re concerned (and you should be) join us this evening, Monday, September 9th, as we undertake a serious and frank #InternPro chat about the dangers of work addiction. We’ll talk about the symptoms to look out for and what we can do to avoid career burnout. We may also discover a few recovery strategies, in case the topic hits a little too close to home.
We’ll Ask Some Tough Questions, Including:
Q1: What does “work addiction” mean to you? How worried are you about workplace addiction in your career?
Q2: How do you know if your company culture encourages work addiction? What would be the warning signs?
Q3: I can’t seem to tell the difference between “ambition” and “addiction”? How do I know if I’ve crossed the line?
Q4: I seem to get a “high” from always being connected and available. So I can avoid work addiction, how do I effectively set boundaries at work?
Q5: What role does FOMO play in workplace addiction? Should you feel guilty or anxious when you aren’t available for work?
Q6: Data shows Millennials (43%) are more impacted by work addiction than other generations (23%). Why doesn’t Gen-Y take more time off?
Q7: Your thoughts? “Taking time off only means I’ll have a mountain of work for me when I get back in the office. So why bother?”
Q8: What advice would you give to those suffering from work addiction? What are the keys to recovery, and to making work-life balance a higher priority?
How Can You Avoid Work Addiction?
Bring your thoughts, questions, and concerns to the discussion on Monday, September 9th at 8 pm Eastern/5pm Pacific as we tackle this serious issue. In the end, finding and maintaining balance promotes a long, healthy, and successful career.