Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

For starters, a workaholic is defined by someone who works obsessively and compulsively with both characteristics performing at a very high level. (Sure, as Type-A employees we are probably prone to this at one point of another with the mentality of “live to work,” but when it’s obsessive and consistent, that’s reason to pause.) Even worse, workaholics have less time to recover when they work overtime and take work home, not to mention dedicating too many thoughts and emotional attachments to their job when their outside the office.

Being a workaholic can not only hold your career back and become counterproductive, it could interfere with your health. The goal? Find a work-life balance that works for you. Create periods of time for physical and mental unwinding and recovering.