Work addiction, an obsessive compulsive disorder that leads to neglecting social life, family affections and all other activities unrelated to one’s profession. Bryan E. Robinson, American psychotherapist, author of Chained to the desk: a guidebook for workaholics, their partners and children, and the clinicians who treat them. Robinson traces the different profiles of the workaholic, helping us to recognize the symptoms of work addiction.
Many people affected by the syndrome are also afflicted by the lust for perfectionism and give too much importance to work. The judgments of superiors do not remain confined to working life but become decisive for the opinion they have of themselves. If they decide to accept an assignment, it is only because they know they can do their best and if they can’t, they blame themselves excessively. Almost always they are obsessed workers with the fear of making mistakes and have low self-esteem levels. If they know they can’t do the job the best, they give up, precluding numerous career opportunities for fear of not being up to par.
Then there is the workaholic that on the contrary cannot stop. He accepts too many tasks, he is incapable of delegating certain tasks to others, he takes care of everything and often works too much and too quickly, taking the risk of running into errors and distractions and doing the work superficially.
Another profile of workaholic is the detail freak, a person who often never considers a job finished because he thinks he can make further improvements. A worker who continually tries to overcome himself to the point of exhaustion, checking and re-checking dozens of times before delivering a report to his boss.
Finally, the workaholic obsessed not so much with his work as with that of others. In the office he keeps an eye on everyone, he notes the clock in and out times of his colleagues, their mistakes, waiting for their misstep to be able to intervene in the role of hero if necessity arises.
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Then how to get rid of this obsession?
One of the best ways to get rid of this obsession is to learn how to prioritize the beginning of the week or the day. We write in black and white what is really important for us, which tasks are more urgent and which ones can be postponed, if not canceled altogether rather than delegated. Establish in advance a precise number of things to do and stop when these are done. If in the meantime something more urgent is added, let’s replace it at one of the scheduled points, without accumulating any more work.
Let’s get this rules and respect them: no sandwich at the desk while still working on PC for lunch. We go out and go out to lunch without a tablet or mobile phone that can still allows us to send that email or write notes for that contract. apply on the weekend. We turn off business phones and avoid checking the e-mail box. It would be very useful to have two separate telephone numbers, one for friends and family and one for work calls, so as to switch off the second one when we are on vacation, in the evening, when we are on break or during the weekends.
We should not feel guilty when we disconnect from our professional life. Stress and dedication taken to the extreme do not favor productivity. Employers, therefore, should better appreciate an employee who leaves on time to go home to relax, rather than those who stay up late at night in the office.
The second, in fact, risks getting sick and infecting colleagues, since the immune defenses are lowered when under stress. Not to mention that those who are stressed make more distraction errors and have more frequent drops in concentration.
In other words, quality of work rather quantity should be our aim
Franco defines itself as a person trapped in a sedentary lifestyle, however, he is an avid fitness “addict” and like, many more in his environment spends vast parts of his leisure time on a gym, running, cycling.