Why Overworking is Harmful to You and Your Company

By Envano

Published: November 23, 2014


Expectations of employees is increasing, and 8-5 is no longer an option in many places. But where do you draw the line between being a good employee, and not being able to turn it off?

According to Inc., “overworking” is as harmful to you as it is your productivity. That overworking is more often than not caused by the employee’s mindset than the company’s requirements.

“You may be among the many people who believe that long hours demonstrate your great work ethic and that those who take breaks (or spend evenings, weekends, and vacations disconnected) are lazy or less committed,” said Inc. “But that way of thinking is both inaccurate and unhealthy, so push back when you catch yourself giving in to it.”

Learning to disconnect from your job — and your technology — is a trait of people who know how to keep themselves from burning out. Set time boundaries for yourself, and learn to walk away for the night. Setting (and keeping) boundaries is important to your well-being, and needs to be taken seriously.

Turning off your device isn’t the only challenge for a workaholic, it is also turning off your mind. Setting these boundaries is important for your health as much as it is for the quality of your work. When you are thinking about work around the clock, and acting “as if your life were dependent on your job,” the other relationships in your life are suffering as a result.

“Being a workaholic doesn’t benefit anyone — not you, not your team, not your organization, not the world.”