Are you addicted to work?
Are males or females more likely to become workaholics?
Is there anything wrong with that anyway?
And where do you draw the line with many of us checking emails on our smartphones at all ours of the day?
Yahoo reports that a Norwegian study of 2,000 employees which found that 8.3 per cent of all Norwegians are addicted to work, with younger adults more affected than older workers.
However, both women and men tend to compulsively overwork.
Those identified as workaholics scored higher on three personality traits:
- Agreeableness (altruistic, compliant, modest)
- Neuroticism (nervous, hostile, impulsive)
- Intellect/imagination (inventive, action oriented)
Now that it’s been identified, Andreasson says it’s crucial that health professionals, researchers and politicians are aware of it.
“As workaholism is not a formal diagnosis the development of treatment models and real treatment offers has been lacking.
The fact that more than eight per cent of the general work population seems to suffer from workaholism underlines the need for proper treatment and other relevant interventions.”
Here are the seven criteria to measure work addiction:
- How do you know if you’re a workaholic? You think of how you can free up more time to work
- You spend much more time working than initially intended
- You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and/or depression
- You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them
- You become stressed if you are prohibited from working
- You deprioritise hobbies, leisure activities, and/or exercise because of your work
- You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health
According to the study if you answer ‘often’ or ‘always’ to at least four of these seven criteria, there is some indication that you may be a workaholic.
How many are you guilty of?