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How to effectively manage workaholic employees

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businessman working lateGive managers three wishes for their staffs and there’s a good chance one will be a department full of “hard workers.”

Too many managers, however, equate hard work with long hours, minimal vacations and staying connected 24/7. Such an employee is probably less a hard worker and more a workaholic.

In his book Chained to the Desk, psychotherapist Bryan Robinson defines the problem “an obsessive compulsive disorder that manifests itself through self-imposed demands, an inability to regulate work habits, and an overindulgence in work to the exclusion of most other activities.”  

Workaholic or hard worker?

A true workaholic has a compulsive need to work at the expense of everything else. A hard worker, on the other hand, does what is necessary to complete a specific task, but does not allow the task to consume him.

The hard worker makes time to relax. The workaholic does not and constantly thinks about work.

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