Are you a workaholic?

2007

Are you a workaholic? Assuming you have the time and / or inclination to find out, the California-based Workaholics Anonymous (yes, just like Alcoholics Anonymous), has this 20-question survey to help you find out.

As the Sunday Times reported last weekend, WA really ought to be taking off rather more rapidly than it is.

A recent global survey by the Centre for Work-Life Policy, a New York-based nonprofit group, found that 45% of executives were "extreme" workers, putting in more than 60 hours a week and meeting five other criteria such as being on call 24 hours a day and facing demands from several time zones and meeting ever more demanding deadlines.

Some 65% of men said their work stopped them having a strong relationship with their children. The same was true for 33% of women. Intimate relationships suffered, too. The study found people referring to "four in a bed" relationships - two people, two Blackberrys. At the end of a 12-hour day 45% of all respondents said they were too tired to say anything at all to their partners.

But as the story also observes, while many of us may not want to put in these crazy hours for ever but, many of us love doing it. So are many of us – as WA claim – just "in denial", or are we just unable to say "no"?

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