Are you a workaholic?

For most of us, (unless you win the lottery or get a large inheritance), work is necessary for financial security. So what then is the dividing line between healthy work and workaholism? The answer to that question is not as cut and dry as one would think. Moreover, it is not very easy to identify every workaholic either. In some cases, people actually enjoy being workaholics, for them this addiction may be pleasurable. However, to a large majority of people, workaholism is something that they are forced into either due to personal financial situations or due to the corporate culture in order to maintain their job security. To such people, being a workaholic is stressful and destructive both to the individual and to their families.

Does these statements sound like you?.

  • I live to work

  • I feel stressed all the time.

  • I am exhausted all the time.

  • I have almost no social activities outside of work.

  • I take my laptop and cell phone with me wherever I go, even on vacations.

  • Sleep and playtime seem like a waste.

  • I do not set aside any time for myself or for my family and friends.

  • I spend almost all my time on work-related projects.

  • I usually bring work home with me.

  • My home is just another extension of the office.

  • I feel as if I have something work-related scheduled every second of every day.

  • I am always "problem solving" work situations in my mind, even during my "time off."

  • I have lost sight of who I am outside of my work.

  • I am never able to find the time to take a day off to do something fun.

  • I never use my allotted vacation and personal days.

  • No sooner than I handle one crisis or project, I have to move on to the next project or crisis. I do not even have a chance to catch my breath.

  • I never have time to read a book, go to the movies, visit a museum, attended some other cultural event or go to school functions for my kids.

  • I am constantly concerned that I am not doing enough to maintain my job security and/or my competitive edge at work.

  • I am working all the time because I want to provide a better life for my family (spouse and children).

  • I miss many of my family’s important events because of work-related time pressures and responsibilities.
Now I ask you to take a moment and evaluate yourself against the criteria that I experienced. If you answer in the affirmative for more than ten of the twenty criteria listed above, you are primed to become a workaholic. That is if you are not already one.

The purpose of this test is not to label anyone or otherwise belittle anyone. It is just one way of showing that whether we admit we are workaholics or not, most of us a spending far more time on our work than our personal life.


Dr. Uchil is an entrepreneur, business-owner and author embodying almost three decades of management and consulting experience. Prior to founding The Uchil Group and Uchil, LLC, Dr. Uchil spent over eighteen years in a variety of senior management roles at several large consulting organizations. In addition to his PhD in Business Administration Dr. Uchil also holds an MBA in Consulting Operations Management, a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and a Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunicati...

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