The term workaholic generally has a fairly positive connotation, describing someone who’s driven to achieve, always wants the work to be better...right?
Wrong. A workaholic is a person with a psychological addiction, according to new Norwegian research published in PLOS One.
Using standard psychological protocols, the researchers surveyed more than 16,000 online respondents over six months and found that those who met the criteria for “workaholic” also met the criteria for ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), anxiety disorders, and/or depression much more often than non-workaholics.
In short: Go home!
But that's easier said than done. "Because technology continues to morph and make all of us so available, we find it harder to disconnect from work, allowing our professional pursuits to creep into our Saturdays," says Karen Elizaga, executive coach, founder of Forward Options, and author of Find Your Sweet Spot: A Guide to Personal and Professional Excellence.
"Maintaining a good balance between taking care of your personal needs and delivering the goods at work is key for your long-term satisfaction," she adds. Keep reading for her top tips.