Working Like a Workaholic

Being a hard worker is not the same thing as being a workaholic, although workaholics work hard. The difference between the two is compulsion: A workaholic is addicted to work to the exclusion of relaxation or hobbies, relationships outside of work, and their own mental and physical health.

It’s not so much the time spent working that makes you sick; it’s the obsessiveness, the inability to switch it off. People who are passionate about what they do are not workaholics, even though they put enormous energy into their work. They’re generally happier overall than workaholics. In fact, studies show that workaholics tend to suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.