What are the Health Consequences of being a Workaholic

1realistutopian By 1realistutopian, 14th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Increasing demands on families to work extended hours takes its toll on personal relationships and health.

Families Spend on Average 11 More Hours Per Week in the Workplace than they did 40 years ago

In the last forty years, individuals have comparatively increased their working hours in order to be able to meet their career and familial obligations. Inflated cost of living expenses expound the problem and results in an inferior quality of life for so many employees. The US Department of labor statistics report that, in 1969, “couples age 25-54 worked an average of 56 hours a week. By 2000, this had increased to 67 hours.” For those in employment, these figures will serve as an underestimate for families working hourly paid positions at or close to the minimum wage limit.

In many positions, working extended hours is not only a financial necessity; it is often a requirement of the employment contract. However, employees must find a workable balance between work and personal life. The term “workaholic” was coined in 1968 to refer to an individual’s compulsion to work, according to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. Many adopt the workaholic lifestyle as an approach to the financial demands of the family or even as a means to get ahead in the career field. After all, we are all led to believe that hard work pays off. But how much is too much?

Instead of getting ahead in the field, workaholics set themselves up for some negative health consequences, many of which are associated with stress and anxiety. You know you are a workaholic if you regularly work through your lunch break. Being “married to the job” is an admirable trait indeed, but unless social relationships are also maintained, it is not going to be a heaven sent liaison. It is no surprise to know that many divorces and family break-ups are the result of one partner not being available to meet emotional needs of the family, attend family events and of course, just to “be” there for them. If your spouse is complaining they do not see you enough, it is time to rethink the hectic schedule.

Workaholics tend to be too busy to socialize and can therefore experience feelings of loneliness - a dangerous route to depression and relationship problems. Nevertheless, the problem is so much deeper than this. Those employed in stressful jobs with no relief (relaxation, or “me” time), can predispose their bodies to high blood pressure, heartburn, cardiac arrest or stroke, migraine and sleeping disorders. Worrying about keeping the family’s finances in order and ensuring they are provided for, is not necessarily giving the family what they need. YOU!


Employee, Employment Stress, Family, Finances, Relationships, Stress Management, Work

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author avatar vpaulose
14th Aug 2012 (#)

Nice. Thank you.

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author avatar Nitul anand
14th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for your nice page on an important issue of our life ...
cu.again .....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Aug 2012 (#)

Japanese have a term - karoshi - death from overwork! Sadly, we are becoming strangers to own families - siva

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author avatar 1realistutopian
14th Aug 2012 (#)

Too true Siva! Karoshi...I like it, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Aug 2012 (#)

so very true love what you write...the way this world seems to be taking us...

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