Work Addiction: How to Deal with a Workaholic

There are people who believe that working beyond the schedule and that you like it – that is, being a workaholic, or workaholic – is an advantage in the market.

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There are people who believe that working beyond the schedule and that you like it – that is, being a workaholic, or workaholic – is an advantage in the market. Reality, however, is different. Besides being harmful to the professional, having people of those characteristics in your company can be detrimental to the results.

How to identify a workaholic

A workaholic, or workaholic, is someone who works more than 12 hours a day in the office and still usually takes work home. It is also someone who is usually criticized because he is always looking at the cell phone, even on weekends, to see if he receives a work message.

Celso Bazzola, human resources specialist at Bazz Consultoria, says that it is very easy to identify someone who suffers from this evil. “We noticed when someone can not disconnect from work and leaves aside their social interaction with family and friends,” he says.

The situation can be quite problematic. “For the company, it has more disadvantages than advantages. At first it could be interesting, because the speed of the results is satisfactory. However, there is a natural emotional exhaustion of the professional, as it becomes isolated and limited to the topic of work, blocking their socialization, “says the specialist.

However, not everyone who works hard are workaholics. “We can also identify the ‘worklover’, a person who is really passionate about their profession,” says Mariana Almeida, Human Resources manager of Mega Sistemas Corporativos. Such people move out of love for the profession they chose, which is a healthier feeling.

The specialist says that it is very important to know in which profile each professional is, to avoid trespassing the tenuous line that separates passion from addiction. “Being workaholic is extremely dangerous for the health of the body and the mind,” he says.

In addition to insomnia and anxiety, Almeida points out Burnout Syndrome, the name of an occupational stress characterized by physical and emotional exhaustion, very similar to depression, but which attacks more to one’s professional performance. “Whoever comes to this point needs, in addition to professional help, to rethink all their career choices,” he recommends.

How to help workaholics

  • Do not forbid him/her to work: prohibiting overtime or closing offices does not work. Better act strategically, talking with the employee to understand the origin of the problem.
  • Suggest a coach: if the origin is insecurity, professional lack of definition or lack of ability to choose priorities or say no, treatment with a coach can be a solution.
  • Do a self-analysis: it may turn out that having workaholics is not a problem of the employee, but of the company. If this is the case, the employee must be precise when presenting his subject to the HR sector. For example, submit a list of tasks over time to meet each one and a report on the elements needed for a project.

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