How workaholic are you?
Being sincere in work is never problematic. The work culture in every field advocates sincerity in work and the job market opens its doors wide open for sincere employees. But an overdose of anything, even elixir, is no good. Over involvement in one’s own work is the prime outcome of sincerity in work. This sincerity, if doesn’t stall even after reaching the saturation point morphs into ‘workaholism’.
Though the employers are happy about having more workaholics in their work force, it’s potential enough to bring havoc to one’s personal and family lives. The justifications provided by the workaholics in majority are few, in fact. Mostly they argue it is their sincere response for the calls of professional ethics.
Fulfilling the professional goals is important but accomplishing them at the expense of ignoring familial responsibilities is never advisable. To quote from the former president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who in one of his speeches said, ‘Love your job not your company’. This, I suppose would best suit a reply for the second excuse aforementioned.
I you’re someone who always think or plan about your work schedule even during your leisure, or if you turn out of mood while your work routine is interrupted, well beware, you may be a workaholic.
A workaholic is someone to whom nothing else matters as much as his work and would be the one ready to compromise on anything for his work but never otherwise.
Researchers from the University of Bergen, Norway have come up with a tool to check one’s level of workaholism. They have christened the tool BWAS (Bergen Work Addiction Scale). The tool is much simpler than we think. It’s a questionnaire, much like the one a psychology research scholar would give you. The tool concentrates on seven core symptoms, which are most common among drug addicts, and one who takes up the test has to simple reply ‘often’ or ‘always’. If your answer is positive for at least four of the seven criteria, then you might be a workaholic.
Check for yourself:
# You think of how you can free up your time for work?
# You spend more time working than what is expected of you.
# You consider work as a mental escape from your sense of guilt, anxiety or depression.
# You are being warned by your family members, well wishers or colleagues, of your working.
# You develop stress when ever you’re prohibited from doing your work.
# Your hobbies, leisure activities or exercise mean less important to you and you ‘always’ prioritize’ work on top of them.
# You work too much beyond your physical capacities compromising your health.
If your answers to these questions are affirmative, on a scale more than four, watch over friend. Take a break.