Modern society sees work not only as a necessity, but also as the most important thing in life, its main goal. Workaholism is a socially approved addiction. Some experts consider it a mental disorder that leads to emotional exhaustion, depression, and even physical disabilities.
Workaholics are characterized by an excessive interest in work and perfectionism, which is often projected onto others. Workaholics usually work more than is expected of them to get their tasks done. These people often suffer from low self-esteem, have doubts about their professional worth, or have obsessive-compulsive personality traits.
It is important to stop viewing office time as a key indicator of productivity and growth. It is time to prioritize health and well-being.
Support and change can also come from companies, so managers need to monitor employee well-being and meet their needs. Avoiding workaholism requires a work-life balance. For example, to increase productivity, managers can reduce working hours, which will also have a positive effect on the personal life of employees.
Management’s encouragement of work-life balance improves both physical and psychological health, as well as the personal resilience of staff. Companies must develop work-life reconciliation initiatives, provide career opportunities and improve job security to prevent work addiction. These changes can also reduce stress levels and improve productivity.