Even though “workaholism” has been a buzzword for years, the digital world really adds a whole new layer to the concept. With emails at our fingertips, company laptops in our homes, and deadlines looming, why not work a few minutes at night or on the weekend to get ahead?
If you followed that logic, you’re not alone. According to a very scary report, women work 39 days a year more than men. Does that mean we’re falling victim to becoming workaholics at a higher rate than men. Like many of you, I take pride in my work and get a sense of fulfillment, even joy, from working hard and staying busy. I don’t share this to brag. Quite the opposite. I tell you this because the more I read about workaholics for this article, the more I started to identify as one.
That tendency isn’t good for any of us. A recent study uncovered the very real negative effects of workaholism—a direct correlation between long working hours and an uptick in heart disease and stroke. What appears as increased productivity at first, quickly loses steam. Life can become the definition of all work, no play. So, in order to stop workaholism, you first need to determine if you are in fact, a workaholic. Here are 5 signs that you might be a workaholic: