Our collective drive to work harder and longer has serious consequences on our happiness (and health). But do you know why we work so hard?
We as a society tend to work ourselves too hard. How many people do you know who’ve dragged themselves into work with the flu, checked business email on vacation or even put off taking a vacation to put in more hours? You may be guilty of this yourself.
Whether you love your job or it’s just a paycheck, chances are you’ve felt the pressure of our collective drive to work harder and longer and to put our careers before other parts of your life. But what is it that drives us to be workaholics?
According to a recent article by Dorie Clark on Harvard Business Review, the answer is manifold. Whether it’s fear of the competition, a desire to impress others or a mistaken idea of happiness, our perception of work — and our priorities as a result of that — are often skewed.
As Clark writes:
Even when we know working to excess isn’t good for us, it’s hard to cut back. Most of us aren’t as extreme as the investment bank intern who died in London after allegedly working 72 hours straight to impress his bosses. But according to Christensen, we may not be that different, either: it’s a matter of degree, and timing. Overwork may not kill us tomorrow, but — if left unaddressed — it may kill our most important relationships in 10 or 20 years.
To read the full article, click here.
Are you (or someone you know) a workaholic? Why do you think we work ourselves so hard?