Today, my friend casually called another friend a workaholic. Then, we debated what it means to be a workaholic. There is a fine line between working a lot, enjoying one's work and being a workaholic. I believe the difference is that workaholics define themselves through their work, have a hard time to stop and derive lots of meaning from working.
It comes down to: What's the price you are willing to pay to work?
How often and how much do you compromise on sleep, spending time with friends and family (I mean quality time, without the phone and it's notifications), free time and moving your body?
How easily can you switch off? Detach? Go offline?
Researchers at the University of Bergen identified seven criteria to determine whether somebody is addicted to their work:
- You think of how you can free up more time to work.
- You spend much more time working than initially intended.
- You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and/or depression.
- You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
- You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
- You deprioritize hobbies, leisure activities, and/or exercise because of your work.
- You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.