Quiz: Are you a workaholic?

Quiz: Are you a workaholic?

Staying vital at work is key for staying healthy and happy. Working too much is associated with high levels of stress, decrease in productivity at work, strained relationships, and an unhealthy work-life balance. Could you or one of your colleagues be a workaholic? Find out more by taking the quiz below!

I always seem to be in a hurry and racing against the clock.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

I find myself doing two or three things at one time, such as eating lunch and writing a report while talking on the phone.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

I am more interested in the final result of my work than in the process.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

I find myself working even after office hours.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

I lose my temper when things don’t go my way or work out to suit me.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

I put more time and energy into my work than I do into my relationships with loved ones and friends.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

I tend to put myself under pressure from self-imposed deadlines when I work.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

It is hard for me to relax when I’m not working.
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

Results

If you have ‘A’ for most of the statements, you are not considered a workaholic. You are probably a hard worker. You constantly monitor the time you put into work and practice disengagement by taking regular vacations and setting healthy boundaries to help you develop a work-life balance.

If you scored mostly Bs, you are considered mildly workaholic. You are willing to work all hours of day and night for the company, but you are also constantly thinking of how you can free up more time for yourself. As such, there is hope for one to prevent negative lasting effects with modifications done to your schedule.

If you struck ‘C’ for most of the statements, you are considered highly workaholic. This could mean that you are spending more time working than initially intended and are heading towards a burnout. As a result, workaholics tend to lack vitality due to an immense amount of pressure; causing a negative influence to your health.

Conclusion

So when do we know exactly when or how to prevent ourselves from becoming a workaholic? Some researchers define workaholics as people who work excessively and is unable to disconnect him/herself from the work while others use the same definition to describe the hard workers of today’s society. Regardless of all, we should learn to practice self-awareness of any tendencies we may have to become a workaholic and always maintain a healthy work-life balance.

 

BY FRANK KUIJSTERS

Director – Digne Consult Asia Pacific



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