Five ways to pull yourself out of workaholism

‘In sickness and in health and till death do us part’ – if these are the vows your family and friends think you have exchanged with your Blackberry/keyboard/iPad, then you are a certified workaholic.

The symptoms are many, but some of the significant ones are that you punch away nonstop, receive every call from office and take your meals at odd hours to finish that extra bit at work.

All this leads to anxiety disorders, repetitive stress injury, mental and physical fatigue, and this strong alliance with work is best severed at the start. ET suggests how you can do that.


Draw Clear Boundaries

Clocking out of work is just as important as clocking in. Working post-office hours is acceptable if there is an urgent assignment but if it becomes a habit, alarm bells should start ringing. It helps to unplug phones and computers during vacations and non-working hours.

Check on Employees

Employers need to look into the employees’ attendance sheets and office hours. Sabre, for instance, found that despite giving employees access to wellness centres, counselling sessions and discount coupons at gyms, they were still packing in extra hours at work. The firm, therefore, does not offer the option of carrying forward holidays .

Say a Firm ‘No’

‘Workaholics anonymous’ groups don’t exist, but instead, a simple ‘no’ can go a long way. Complete your tasks first, and only if there is time to spare, offer another a helping hand. Once the tasks are done, wait for the next day to start on the new list of chores.

Extra isn’t Always Healthy

The boss often thinks that those who work round the clock are the productive ones. But a smart worker can be someone who punches in the required hours, completes his work and leaves office on time too.

In a recent Randstad survey of state-owned companies, 80% of employees said they received work-related calls and emails beyond office hours. Nearly 69% said they volunteered to work post-office hours while 79% received work-related calls and emails on holidays. Long hours lead to a dip in productivity and creativity.

Watch your Schedule

Often, the employee in the cubicle next to you could be a night owl at the office, but that need not be your style. Excessive breaks, long water-cooler conversations will ultimately lead to more time in the office, and not a very fruitful schedule.

So what’s the moral of the story??
* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!
* Never put in extra time ‘ unless really needed ‘
* Don’t stay back unnecessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.

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