Work engagement is a positive skill and required by employees around the world, regardless of the field of work in which they are engaged.
However, it happens that some employees become obsessed with work to the point of developing an addiction that can generate very negative effects on the person both personally and professionally.
It is considered that in Spain more than 10% of employees have work addiction or workaholics, an alteration that can have multiple causes and is characterized by an obsession with work and an inability to disconnect from it. Therefore, it is important to know the signs to detect work addiction.
Identifying work addiction: the main signs to detect this problem
Below is a summary of a series of signs to identify the problem of day-to-day work addiction.
1. Tendency to find excuses not to rest
One of the main characteristics of work addiction is refusing to rest from the same thing and constantly finding excuses that allow the person to continue working during the marathon days. The person assumes that these minutes or hours spent resting are “wasted time”.
Believe that rest is not important and always have more important things to do, work-related, it is also one of the defining signs of work addiction, something that in the long term affects both physical and psychological levels.
This also applies to vacations, as these people usually take the fewest vacation days to get to work earlier.
2. Unable to log out
Another of the signs that can alert us that we are facing a case of work addiction is the person’s inability to disconnect 100% from work.
The need to be connected to the internet or mail 24 hours a day to deal with possible contingencies at work is common among workaholics, which can exercise, again, a real psychological and mental health problem.
In addition to this, it is also common to have to be available at all times for any call or work-related request, whether to speak with superiors or colleagues.
3. Inability to delegate
From the previous section stems an inability to delegate work to other people or subordinates, from considering that other people will not do it as well as we do.
This disability indicates a significant deficit in social and professional skills. such as cooperation or teamwork and this ends up generating a long-term overload of work.
4. Practical lack of social life outside of work
Just as it happens with the love life, the social life of people addicted to work is also often badly experienced.
People affected by this alteration generally find more and more excuses to work and gradually they have lost contact with their lifelong friends.
Being busy all day with work and not going out with regular friends can be a symptom that we may be dealing with a case of work addiction or obsession.
5. Tendency to postpone other work plans
Postponing social projects, family gatherings, trips, or all kinds of leisure events to work is another of the undeniable and most visible signs of work addiction.
In addition to considering that there is nothing more important than work and being obsessed with work or being available to work 24 hours a day.
6. Inability to set limits on overtime
Workaholics don’t know how to set limits on their work obligations, which means they will not refuse to perform any task given by bosses or superiors.
This inability to set limits again translates into overwork, a physical affectation linked to fatigue or overwork and also a psychological affectation.
7. Excessive perfectionism
Being overly perfectionistic leads people with a work addiction to spend an inordinate amount of time on their day-to-day work obligations, tasks that could be done in less time and with greater productivity.
People with these alterations they are never entirely satisfied with the result of their workwhich generates anxiety, stress, helplessness and even depressive symptoms.
8. Labor disputes and family disputes
Developing a work addiction can lead to increased personal conflict both at work and at home.
Each of the psychological or personality alterations and inadequacies that these people present they can cause problems with their colleagues or superiorsas well as with close relatives or with the partner.