While it is not uncommon to hear quite a bit about people that are considered slackers and how this can impair their careers, what about workaholics?
There are people who some consider to be workaholics, but aren't. These people just have a good work ethic and want to save for retirement or another event.
True workaholics tend to put work before all else. They also turn everything else in their lives into a job. From relationships to their careers, workaholics can take a good work ethic and turn it into something malignant.
If you're a workaholic or people have said you might be one, you may be spinning your wheels for nothing. Relaxing a little may even save your career, not to mention your relationships.
Superstar or Slave Driver?
Working hard can impress your boss. You take on extra hours, perform the job of two people, and rush to complete every task with perfect results. Your boss begins to see you as irreplaceable.
While having your boss think you're a great worker is wonderful, it can sometimes hinder your progression in your career. If your boss thinks he or she can't replace you in your current position, you're going to be stuck there. Alternately, if you are trying to work toward management, your boss may think you'd be too demanding on other workers.
Your performance and work ethic might cause others to think you would expect employees under you to perform just as hard as you. These expectations can be unrealistic for people that are not workaholics.
Workaholics tend to have bad health after a prolonged period of working.
Their expectations and high stress weigh heavily on the body's systems. Workaholics may have a higher rate of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and neurological impacts from prolonged stress.
Burnout rates are high among people that chain themselves to their jobs. Physical and mental breakdowns can land you in the hospital if you've been a workaholic for a long period of time, and sometimes after a short time period if you're exceptionally stressed.
Workaholics may get the idea that they are “above” everyone else in performance.
This type of behavior or attitude can push away other employees. Causing people to think you are impossible to work with or to please can severely stunt your career. While your boss may be happy with your performance, destroying the morale of other workers can damage your position.
It can be hard to understand why others are not working hard, but your perceived notions of hard work may be different than others. Meeting the expectations of your company is great; going beyond expectations is wonderful.
However, when you spend all of your time working, you can create the impression that you believe you are better than all of the other staff; sometimes even better than your boss.
If working too much is a problem for you or for those that love you, consider channeling some of your work ethic into other activities.
Charity work, volunteering, and even home projects can divert your working persona into other, less stressful avenues. Hobbies can help you become less inflexible and more enjoyable for others to be around. You may find that your performance at work is still strong and appreciated even if you cut back on self-imposed hours.
Tina Samuels writes for a variety of websites, including Intelius.com. Among the subjects she covers are small business payroll, social media, and merchant accounts. When not working, you can find her relaxing at home in Georgia.
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