The workaholism syndrome

The workaholism syndrome

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.

In Conclusion

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

15 thoughts on “The workaholism syndrome

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    Summer Sandoval says:

    Of course, very true, but sometimes we tend to exaggerate and, when it happens, the professional sphere ends up taking over everything else, with a lot of negative repercussions on one’s health and well-being.

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    Tania Barry says:

    This last statement is absurd. It depends only on the type of people and the work they do. People like the CEOs of the big groups like Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos can work for many more hours than a normal person and still not fall into depression. Indeed … maybe they would fall into depression if they were to do far less hours like a normal employee.

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    Klaudia Arias says:

    Those who fall into depression are the people who only do that “work”. If instead one alternates also other routines such as physical exercise and social relations then depression has much less chance of developing because the person in question very probably despite working for many hours also manages to detach himself in the moments that other activities do freeing the mind from all the responsibilities of work and regenerating it

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    Zayyan Thomson says:

    Perhaps the workaholics, in addition to harming themselves, also end up making less in professional terms.

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    Marlon Harvey says:

    Absolutely possible, it is not said that because one works many hours the product of this work must be of good quality. As the saying, there are those who use their legs without even thinking about and those who use the mind to find the way to use the leg less, hence saving way more energy. In short, not all use the same method to obtain a certain result and therefore some can obtain it in much less time.

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    Cassius Solomon says:

    It makes me think that those people who work so much maybe have the impression or the phobia of not being able to do that particular job. Or else they are not happy with what they do and they try to perfect themselves infinitely.

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    Nabiha Drummond says:

    I think it’s like a vortex, once you’re in it it’s hard to get out. For example, taking more work commitments than we can actually do is a common mistake of people who do not have the courage of saying “NO” Not to feel like saying no to a superior can lead to take more today, then tomorrow and so on, once we start, the manager above us expect that as for granted.

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    Shayna Coleman says:

    Unlike in the past, today personal identity is very much based on the working role that is played and therefore if you want to proceed and move forward, sometimes you have to work hard

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    Abdirahman Joyner says:

    As a result, many people today tend to think excessively about work because from the professional sphere they get gratification. And gratification, in these cases, but not for everyone, compensates for stress and fatigue.

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    Nisha Lara says:

    If anything, the more you become dependent on work, the more you struggle to maintain these relationships, with lots of possible and growing conflicts or real breakups

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