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7 Signs You’re An Workaholic and How To Deal With It

7 Signs You’re An Workaholic and How To Deal With It

Working has always been necessary. Nowadays, with the bad state of the economy and the constant—even dire—need for more resources, working and earning money are more important than ever. But what, exactly, does it mean to be a workaholic? Is it just a constant need for money, or something else? It is described by some as a medical condition. The mental state of a person who has become so obsessed with their work that they formed a kind of symbiosis with their workplace and the things they do. So how do you know if you’re a workaholic? Well, these are the seven most common symptoms.

1. When you arrive first in the office and you’re the last to leave.

You may think it’s easier to work when there’s nobody else in the office but that’s just an excuse. An excuse for being overly obsessed with your work.

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2. You don’t take breaks.

Working in your lunch hour is not something you should be proud of. Statistics show that working without taking a break at regular intervals makes you less productive. Medical doctors advise you take a break from working in an office environment at least once every two hours. Otherwise, you risk your health, eyes and posture.

3. You get easily stressed when you’re not working.

There are people who consider it a good thing when they are stressed at work. That’s because stress and deadlines can increase the level of motivation and help you get the job done. But when you’re on a vacation or on your break and you feel stressed for no apparent reason, it’s not a good sign. Take it down a notch—enjoy your free time.

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4. You just can’t get that thing right.

Being a perfectionist is definitely not something bad, but sometimes you have to take things easier and realize nobody can be perfect. Not even you. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.

5. You put your personal life in the background.

Unfortunately, this affects not only you and your family, but your colleagues as well. You start treating them poorly and this will get you nowhere in your relationships with others.

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6. You put your health in the background.

This is even worse than the previous point. You think reporting for duty even when you’re sick will get you somewhere? Well, think again. Your productivity will be almost zero and your health condition will deteriorate; you may even end up not going to work for several weeks.

7. You stop feeling well.

Much like alcohol abuse, ‘work abuse’ affects our bodies. In time a simple nausea can develop into a chronic headache, or constant fatigue.

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How do you deal with workaholic behavior?

Even though workaholism is considered something harmless and many people think that it can actually be valuable for their company, in time it becomes a disadvantage. That’s because of the drop in productivity, the fatigue and the moody feelings it causes.

This of course has to be dealt with. And the the first step you must take if you want to break through your workaholic tendencies is realizing you actually have a problem and admitting it. After that, there are many ways you can go, from therapy to visiting anonymous support groups. This does, however, sound a bit scary for most people, so there is a more immediate solution to this problem, and it’s really simple: a hobby.

Yes, many therapists say finding a hobby is the best way to take your mind off things. Whether it be sports, video games or any other activity outside of your work, it will help you handle your workaholic issues and resolve them. Remember, workaholism can be a reason for depression and physical and mental weariness, and if not addressed fast, it can grow into a permanent state.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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