The 40-hour workweek is dead. Not only are more people working 60+ hours in a week, but they’re also dealing with erratic schedules, tighter deadlines and technology that makes them on call 24/7. More Americans are identifying themselves as workaholics, and with that comes programs like Workaholics Anonymous. If you think you might be a little too dependent on work, take Workaholics Anonymous' questionnaire, which may help you self-diagnose yourself:
- Are there times when you can charge through your work and other times when you can’t?
- Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation?
- Is work the activity you like to do best and talk about most?
- Do you work more than 40 hours a week?
- Do you turn your hobbies into money-making ventures?
- Do you take complete responsibility for the outcome of your work efforts?
- Have your family or friends given up expecting you on time?
- Do you take on extra work because you are concerned that it won’t otherwise get done?
- Do you underestimate how long a project will take and then rush to complete it?
- Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing?
- Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work?
- Are you afraid that if you don’t work hard you will lose your job or be a failure?
- Is the future a constant worry for you even when things are going very well?
- Do you do things energetically and competitively, including play?
- Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing your work in order to do something else?
- Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships?
- Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking?
- Do you work or read during meals?
- Do you believe that more money will solve the other problems in your life?
- Do you get more excited about your work than about family or anything else?
If you answer “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may be a workaholic. Relax. You are not alone.
For more information on Workaholics Anonymous — where the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop working compulsively — visit Workaholics-anonymous.org.
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