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Are you a workaholic? There's a test you can take to see
Eda Kalkay had everything she needed to walk down the aisle.
Eda is such a workaholic she worked on her wedding day --- and then tried to tuck her smartphone into her dress so she didn't miss a call or email.
"My wedding planner removed it. I'm glad he did, but I probably would have been more secure with it with me," Eda says.
Eda characterizes herself as an 'engaged workaholic'. A new term for people who work long hours, not because they're driven by unhealthy compulsion--but because they love their jobs and want to stay ahead. "The economy today is really adding an entirely new level of pressure to the, to the workforce."
Are you a workaholic? Researchers developed a new scale to help you figure it out. Some of the questions include how often do you:
-Hear others tell you to cut down on work?
-Become stressed if you aren't working?
-Think of how you can free up more time to work?
-Spend less time enjoying leisure activities because of work?
If you answered 'often' to many of those questions--you could be a workaholic. Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo says, "It's definitely a red flag for people."
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo says she's seeing a lot more patients who are stressed about work and blames the economy. "There's this perception that if I lose my job I'm never going to get a job again that makes people more of a workaholic."
But some experts say the constant connectivity of smartphones is causing more people to become workaholics because they can't fully escape work. The days of working from 9 to 5 and separating work and family life are long gone.
Ron Ashkenas is an employment consultant. He adds, "I think it's more like work life integration because the two bleed into each other."
Business owner Michael Monette is up before dawn each day, embracing the new norm of blending work, family, and personal activities. He rejects the label workaholic, saying he's a 'life aholic'.
"I mean, is it work when you're doing the things that provide a living for so many people, for your own family, their future," he reasons.
Dr. Lombardo says however you juggle this new working world make time to fully focus on what's important to you outside of the office.
"We're constantly multi tasking and we think that's okay. The problem is it takes us away from truly enjoying those experiences that we're having like getting married," Dr. Lombardo says.
Experts say if you want to cut back on working after hours set limits for yourself. Say, "I'm going to work From 8 to 9' and then stop."
Some companies have recognized the extra stress being constantly connected can create and are now enforcing downtime like certain nights and vacations where employees have no contact with the office.