Are you a Workaholic?

Do you see yourself as a Workaholic? If so, you’ll be among at least one in three Canadians who reportedly say they do as well.

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A new Statscan Study suggests one third of Canadians identify themselves as workaholics. It’s making headlines in the papers today — and yesterday, I was interviewed on the topic by CBC Radio One…separately by 9 stations across Canada and one again this morning.

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According to the study, workaholics tend to put in at least 50 hours a week. It’s not just the amount of time working that defines a workaholic – but also one’s emotional state. Accordingly, these folks are stressed out and feel their work is impinging on their worklife satisfaction.

For instance – they don’t particularly feel any more more satisfied with their work than their non-workaholic counterparts. And get this: they also tend to feel less satisfied with their life as a whole. Their emotional state tends to be that of stress, overwhelm and feelings of guilt that they aren’t spending enough time with their family and/or other non-work interests. They simply aren’t having enough fun in their life.

Hmm. Sounds like a TGIMworklife challenge.

Working hard and long hours doesn’t necessarily make you a workaholic — if you are able to balance other parts of your life.

HERE’S THE TIPPING POINT:

  • Is your work getting in the way of your wellbeing? Are you losing sleep? Eating poorly (always rushed)? Experiencing other stress-related health issues? Not taking time to exercise?
  • Is your worklife taking over other parts of your life? e.g. impacting family time and other relationships?
  • Are you feeling that life just doesn’t have enough joy or fun anymore because of your work?
  • Are you feeling unable to bring the best of yourself to your work (and other life pursuits) because you are drained and burning out?

If you answered yes to any of these questions…well, I’m hesitate to label anyone anything…but perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at your work-life balance?  

Wake-up call!  Employers and employees alike – we have a dual responsibility here. Burnt out employees will do no one any good…at work and in society in general.

Employers need to take a hard look at their work culture and the values expressed. Yes, competition is tough and the demands in the marketplace get more complex each day. But overworking the talent may result in short-term gain but long-term pain. Burnt-out employees will either opt-out, wear out – or stay on but perform sub-optimally. Not a recipe of success.

If you want to attract and keep the keepers – take care of the talent. Get in touch with me for more…and (see this article for more).

Likewise, employees need to take personal responsibility for worklife balance as well. Here are a few tips:

  • Establish your priorities in work — and life — and share them with those that need to know (employers, family, etc.)
  • Ask for support where it counts (at work, at home, etc.)
  • Learn to set boundaries and when and how to say ‘no’
  • Develop your Emotional Power and EQ (Emotional Intelligence) so you can be more effective navigating the complexities and demands of work and life
  • Get rid of the guilt! It’s okay to want a work-life balance. In fact, it will make you a better person and able to contribute more at work and in life.
  • Finally – if not sure how to get started or tackle this issue – hire a coach!
  • Contact me for more…

Successful leaders know that tending to one’ s whole self is a key attribute associated with success, fulfilment and inspired and effective leadership.

So to a TGIM work-life….here’s to you — all of you (not just your working widget self:)

Best,

Eileen

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