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Should you tame a raging workaholic?

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You manage a hardworking employee, Will, who’s always the last one to leave the office. He brings work home every weekend and e-mails you (and others) late at night.

You’ve found that workaholics tend to burn out and quit. And you don’t want to lose Will.

In performance reviews, you’ve praised Will for his work ethic. But at the same time, you’ve urged him to seek more balance. For example, you’ve recommended that he stop bringing work home and avoid spending so much time on minor administrative duties.

Unfortunately, Will has responded defensively to such input. He recently criticized you as a hypocrite. He doesn’t understand how you can admire his hard work while insisting that he work less hard.

You don’t want to alienate Will. But you’re genuinely concerned about his well-being—and you fear that he cannot maintain his hard-charging pace without endangering his health and compromising the quality of his work. What should ...(register to read more)

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