This is a great article for those of us with a tendency to lose perspective. Although not really related to workplace bullying, I found this article to be appropriate for this blog. Basically, bullies thrive on people who are successful. But as this article points out, workaholics are not necessarily the main success stories in the workplace. Just because you put in 16 hours per day at the office doesn’t mean you are dedicated – it means you don’t have your priorities straight. Sound like anyone else you work with?
I’m not saying that being a bully and a workaholic are one in the same, because they are not. I’m just saying that neither of these people function appropriately at work and in the end do more harm than good. The motivation is the same – they each want to get ahead. The bully chooses the worst path possible by stepping on others. The workaholic does it by focusing their priorities in the wrong way.
Ironically, many of the same types of activities that people recommend to people getting over being bullied are listed in this article to get over workaholism.
Our culture celebrates workaholism. We hear stories of people who “burn the mid-night oil” at the office, or about individuals who never take vacations. Working a lot doesn’t mean you deserve a gold star or a raise.
Working too much is likely to decrease your productivity, leave you creatively drained, and negatively affect relationships with friends and family. Don’t get me wrong, pursuing your passion is a beautiful gift and there is nothing wrong with working hard on projects you love. However, it’s essential to take breaks. Whether you’re working from home or in an office environment it’s essential to nourish your creative spirit.
Think about others in your work environment and how you look to them. Do you think they feel you are a workaholic? Do they razz you about spending too much time working? They’re telling you to “get a life” – so do it!