Workaholics Linked to Worsened Mood

Workaholics experience an overall worse mood compared to their counterparts, even when engaged in their passion—work. This parallels the negative impact observed in other addictions, raising concerns about the heightened risk of burnout and cardiovascular issues among workaholics, said a recent study.

IDENTIFYING WORKAHOLISM AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

Work addiction, characterized by excessive and compulsive work habits, has profound consequences on health, psychological well-being, and interpersonal relationships. The study indicates that workaholics often grapple with feelings of unwellness, accompanied by negative emotions such as hostility, anxiety, and guilt when unable to meet their excessive work demands.

This is what emerges from a study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, conducted by Cristian Balducci, a professor at the Department for Life Quality Studies at the University of Bologna (Rimini Campus), in collaboration with Dr. Luca Menghini from the University of Trento and Prof. Paola Spagnoli from the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli.”

EMOTIONAL DYNAMICS

During Work Hours Contrary to previous assumptions, the study challenges the belief that workaholics derive more pleasure from their work activities. Instead, it suggests that the initial euphoria quickly gives way to a consistently negative emotional state. Workaholics, on average, maintain a more negative mood throughout the day, exhibiting emotional flattening, a characteristic seen in other types of addictions.

GENDER DYNAMICS IN WORKAHOLISM

The study uncovers gender differences, with work addiction’s impact on mood more pronounced in women than in men. This vulnerability may be linked to increased role conflict experienced by workaholic women, navigating internal work investment tendencies alongside external pressures rooted in gender expectations.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND MITIGATION STRATEGIES

The findings emphasize the dangers of workaholism, extending beyond personal well-being to impact relationships and physical health. Organizations are urged to discourage excessive work habits, promote disconnection policies, offer specific training activities, and provide counselling interventions. Clear signals against a culture of constant work outside regular hours are crucial to counteract the negative consequences of work addiction.

This study serves as a stark reminder of the importance of work-life balance and the need for organizations to prioritize the well-being of their employees, steering away from practices that contribute to the detrimental effects of workaholism.

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