Monday, September 17, 2007

The High Cost of Being a Workaholic

The High Cost of Being a Workaholic


This article taken from Bandung Advertiser, 17/Year 6, 11-25 September 2007


In a nation of overachievers, hard work is a virtue. If you work hard, you’ll achieve your goals. If you work ven harder, you’ll achieve even more. Right?
Perhaps not. There are, in fact, several downsides to working too hard. Being the office workaholic can cost you coveted promotions, hurt your home life, and even turn friends into enemies. Evaluate yourself with the following five questions.

1. Are you busy… or disorganized?
Are you contantly staying late and coming in early yet producing the same output as others? If so, your boss may come to view you as inefficient and possibly disorganized. Focus on getting your work done in a reasonable time frame. If you have perfectionism or time-management issue, ask your supervisor to help you prioritize things and learn when to let go of a task.


2. Are you delegating… or hoarding?
If you have any aspiration at all to move into management, you must learn to delegate work. Again, tasks need to be completed in a timely fashion; I you’re having trouble finishing a project, you must delegate to other team members, even if you happen to relish the task you’re giving away. Focus on completion and quality and be generous enough to let a colleague learn and shine. If you lack ufficient support, ask your boss about expanding your group.


3. Are you hungry… or is your plate full?
Once you’ve solidified your reputation as the office workaholic, you may find that when your dream project comes through the door, you’re asked to work on it. Why? Your boss probably thinks you don’t have the bandwidth to take on anything else. Always keep a bit of room in your schedule to sink your teeth into new chllenges and opportunities.


4. Do you have friends… or ‘frenemies’?
Your workaholic wys are likely alienating once-valued associates. Above and beyond the obvious grumblings of, “You’re making the rest of us look bad,” your volleagues may dread collaborating on a project with you. Lose the overly methodical approach, don’t expect folks to come in early or stay late for meetings, and focus on process and outcome.


5. Do you work to live… or live to work?
The best workers are well-rounded professionals with full lives, in and out of the office. Each year, new studies abound about the importance of vacations, hobies, and enjoying your leisure time. But are you listening? Your friends and family will be in your life a lot longer that you’ll hold mmost jobs. Also, pursuing leisure activities you’re passionate about can lead to a second career.
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