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How to Deal With Workaholism

by Alejandro Russell

Although workaholism is not necessarily a problem, it can have a negative impact on other aspects of your life, such as health, marriage and parenthood. Employers may consider a workaholic an asset to the company, but it eventually becomes a disadvantage when it causes fatigue that leads to a drop in an employee’s productivity. According to Gayle Porter, a management professor at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, workaholism affects an employee’s capacity to be a reliable team player. When you realize the potential danger that workaholism portends, you need to strategize on how to overcome the desire to work all the time.

Accept the Problem

You may be unaware that you are a workaholic, or might find that fact unacceptable. It is not easy to get help or understanding from other people, including your partner, friends or even employer, if you’re in denial. Employers can aggravate the problem by rewarding employees who seem to be working hard. In the real sense, such employees could be suffering from workaholism if their work takes precedence over other things.

Visit a Therapist

Seeking professional help can help you deal with workaholism. A therapist will help you discover the cause of your addiction that causes you to work even when you don’t have to. Employers that are aware of the workplace problems that arise because of workaholism give their employees time off to see their therapists. Some companies involve their human resources department to organize counseling sessions for all employees regarding workaholism.

Visit Local Workaholic Anonymous

You can share your experiences with other people who may have undergone the same problems with workaholism. Support groups such as the local Workaholics Anonymous group meetings can help you know what to do to recover from workaholism. Members of the group can offer support and advice when you seem unable to stop workaholism. Employers should encourage their employees to attend such meetings if they suspect that an employee is working too much.

Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities

Employees who suspect they could be workaholics can take some days off to unwind after working nonstop for a long time. The HR department can also give employees mandatory vacations to avoid burnout of employees. HR departments can organize extracurricular activities that an employee finds interesting. If your company organizes such activities for a group of employees, it can also help in team building.

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