Are you a workaholic? Take this test
We all know them: the people who are at work all the time. They come in early and make up for it by leaving late.
Some love what they do; others are avoiding chores or strife at home; still others feel like more and more just needs to be done at the office.
The luckiest workers, by far, are those who followed the advice of Confucius: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
But, can loving what you do have a downside?
Paul Goodman, an organisational psychologist and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said it’s great to love your work, but it can be a problem if you neglect the other parts of your life.
“There’s a lot of conflicts between demands of your job and demands from others at home or your spouse.”
There is a point where hard work becomes more than a way to support yourself and turns instead to a problem.
Workaholics Anonymous, an organisation based on the 12-step model of Alcoholics Anonymous, understands the characteristics of a workaholic:
“Our sense of self-esteem is based largely on our perceptions of how others judge our performance at work and in other areas of our lives.
“We often think of ourselves as either the most intelligent, capable people we know or the most incapable and worthless people we know.”
There is even a 20-question test to tell if you are a workaholic. Among the questions:
– Do you get more excited about your work than about family or anything else?
– Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation?
– Is work the activity you like to do best and talk about most?
– Do you work more than 40 hours a week?
– Have your family or friends given up expecting you on time?
– Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work?
– Do you do things energetically and competitively, including play?
– Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing your work in order to do something else?
– Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships?
– Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking?
If you answer “yes” to three questions, it is time to take a look at whether work is creating problems for the other parts of your life.
Or, maybe it is time to go home, turn off the mobile phone and computer, and get your own house in order for the people who love you, rather than that of the company that is only giving you a paycheque.