For some people work never stops. It doesn’t matter whether they are physically present in the office or not. These people clock in early to write that report, skip lunch to finish a conversation on the phone and again stay back till late, waiting for approvals.
Weekends, when they should be sipping hot coffee with friends or having a dinner table conversation with family, are mostly spent resolving work issues. We label them as “workaholics’, the ones who get a buzz from working under intense pressure is real or not; work addicts put themselves under constant pressure because that’s the only way they can function.
A workaholic’s craving for the sense of achievement is often driven by insecurity and perfectionism. For them, the work is far beyond just a source of income; it eclipses everyone and everything else in their lives.
We are witnessing a com modification of the work force, not just products. We are required to have speed, urgency and efficiency. This can modify to make everyone a workaholic. we have to be super efficient and work like robots, and every day, we are working harder to prove our self-worth to others and even to ourselves. Nothing seems enough.
We often work till late in the night just because our colleagues are doing so. But the fact is we always have a choice. What we lack is the skill set, attitude and knowledge to finish work faster. We equate time spent at work with success. And that’s not always true.
In the west, studies on corporate culture have often proved that addiction to work is no less than addiction to alcohol-it affects people’s emotional and physical well being. the Japanese have coined a special term for extreme workaholism. They call it “Karoshi” or “death by overwork”!
Workaholics neglect people close to them. They do not think that relationships that are closest actually need the most work. Even if they are physically present with their families, their mind is preoccupied with work. Moreover, they are so tired after a long day that they have no stamina for any activity outside work. It’s all a vicious cycle.
People are witnessing a rocket rise in anxiety, depression and nervous breakdowns. So how do we bring a dead-end to this behavior? “The young worker in India needs to switch off at 3.30 pm on Friday and have Saturday and Sunday for work -life balance. Hard work does not mean long hours. It is a disaster that will lead to burnout. Youngsters in their 20s need to plan their work habits with care as it will impact their physical and mental health in the long term”.