Are You A Workaholic?

Are You A Workaholic?

Being addicted to work is a bad habit but we don’t always view it that way.  Many people are praised for their over-commitment to their job.  They are applauded when they are the first in the workplace door in the morning and the last to leave.  While being a good employee is a good thing to be, being a workaholic is not necessarily good for your health.


Definition of a Workaholic:


According to a workaholic is a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits; a person obsessively addicted to work; one who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work


You Could Be A Workaholic IF:


  • You define your worth by your work.
  • You feel guilty when you are not working.  You resists breaks and vacations.
  • You can’t turn off thinking about work.
  • You are missing out on activities (a child’s ball game or a friend’s birthday party) because you are obsessing about work.
  • You need goals and work yet you rarely enjoy accomplishments.
  • Only feel energetic and purposeful at work.


The Workaholic Quiz:  Bergen Work Addiction Scale


The Bergen Work Addiction Scale uses seven basic criteria to identify work addiction, where all items are scored on the following scale: (1) Never, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Always:

  • You think of how you can free up more time to work.
  • You spend much more time working than initially intended.
  • You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and depression.
  • You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
  • You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
  • You deprioritise hobbies, leisure activities, and exercise because of your work.
  • You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.


If you say often or always to 4 or more of these statements, guess what, you are probably a workaholic.


Workaholic Health Problems:


  • High Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Ulcers
  • Burnout / Depression
  • Increased Risk for Heart Disease
  • Increased Risk for Diabetes


Workaholic Relationship Complications:


Intimacy with your spouse is compromised.  Your spouse can tell when they are not close to the top in the things you think are important.  Putting work over a life long relationship with your partner will harm your relationship.

Children don’t feel loved.  Kids need your time and attention to feel safe and loved.  When you are preoccupied with work and tasks your kids will notice.

Friends require time and attention also.  If you stop activities that bring you together with others your friends will start to disappear.


Workaholic Risk Factors:


  • Your Personality
  • You have created a work first habit
  • The company culture you work at promotes a “work first mentality”.


What A Workaholic Isn’t:


You aren’t necessarily a workaholic if you are overworked.  Working hard at your job does not make you a workaholic