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Hard Worker or Workaholic?


Do you have an employee that seems to live at the office? Does that person seem to be the first one to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why they do that? Is it because they love their work? Are they struggling with a project? Or are they a workaholic?

Workaholism is a very real issue that goes unchecked by employees and employers alike. Workaholism is a compulsion to work excessively hard and long hours and it affects nearly half the American workforce. The term “workaholic” originates from alcoholism and describes a person who works compulsively at the cost of their sleep and social functions, such as meeting friends or family.

Workaholism is a serious problem that is becoming even more prevalent due to the COVID pandemic. The lines between workspace and home space have become blurred as more employees are now socially distancing and working remotely from home. The Vision Council commissioned a survey of 2,000 employees and found that on average those employees worked four (4) hours a week for free and burned another four (4) hours just thinking about their job. Nearly 53% admitted they were stressed out from work when completing the survey.

How do you know if your employees are workaholics? The following are signs that your hardworking employee might be struggling with workaholism. Workaholics tend to;

  • Spend much more time working than initially intended or is necessary
  • Struggle with feelings of guilt, anxiety, and depression
  • Fight with friends and family about “working too much”
  • Seem stressed or frazzled
  • Usually have unhealthy eating habits and lack physical activity
  • Be agreeable, they are more compliant and modest
  • Seem nervous and/or impulsive
  • Are usually action oriented

Now more than ever employees need your help in finding work-life balance. This is why I created the Life Force Method. The Life Force Method is a program specifically designed to help these workaholics achieve the balance in their life that they deserve. The program focuses on increasing productivity, reconnecting with friends & family and developing long-lasting healthy habits.

To learn more on how you can help your employee break free from their work addiction, visit our website at or contact us at [email protected].


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