Posted by Cian on Dec 20, 2016 9:24:31 AM

Are you one of those people who is completely annoyed by auto-response vacation emails throughout the year? You have a big idea that needs to be addressed and the guy you need to speak with is away for two weeks at the cottage? Maybe Christmas office parties seem more like a board-room meeting opportunity to you?
On the other side of the coin, it may be that you work for a workaholic and your heart-rate is going too fast to catch up, giving you daily panic attacks.


Either way, there is significant evidence out there that striking a balance is the way to go. Have a look what some of these popular sites have to say about workaholics:

"Set Boundaries: If you realize you have a serious threat to your work-life nirvana on your hands, it's time to speak up. Your boss isn't a mind-reader so neither mental messages nor passive aggressive emails are going to work."

"Do a good job, but take care of yourself it’s important to prioritize your emotional and physical health. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising and getting plenty of sleep." 

"Do Break Old Patterns: In regards to the nightly emails, for instance, you could suggest a cut-off time after which, it becomes acceptable to respond the following morning. This allows your boss to prioritize, ensuring that any pressing information be sent during business hours."

"Workaholics don’t get ahead: There will always be work that needs to be done. There will always be more to be done than there is time to do it. That’s why the classic workaholic will never get ahead. As they work to accomplish more and more, their task list will continue to grow. At the same time, as they become tired, stressed, and overextended, the quality of their work will suffer."

"Key differences between hard workers and workaholics:

  1. Hard workers think of work as a required and (at times) pleasurable obligation. Workaholics see work as a way to distance themselves from unwanted feelings and relationships.
  2. Hard workers keep work in check so they can be available to their family and friends. Workaholics believe that work is more important than anything else in their lives, including family and friends.
  3. Workaholics get excitement from meeting impossible demands. Hard workers don’t.
  4. Hard workers can take breaks from work while workaholics can’t. They think about work regardless of what they’re doing or who they’re with."

Even Beagle's weekends were being monopolized by work:
"There I was, Saturday afternoon, page 40, beer #4 and I realized there was a problem. This sucks. There has to be a better way."

Beagle was founded because we saw that paperwork was killing your schedule. It steals your time from families and it makes you tired, grumpy and stressed out. Obviously, there is no substitute for hard work, but instead of working too hard, we believe it is better to for you to work 'smart'.
We are committed to making your company work flow more efficient so whether you are the boss or employee, you can enjoy work, meet your goals and best of all, you can get the time with families and friends that you deserve.


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Topics: balancing life and work, WORKPLACE, workaholic


Cian is a seasoned contract negotiator, Fellow of Stanford Law's CodeX, and the Top Dog and Founder of Beagle Inc. Beagle Inc. uses artificial intelligence to read contracts automatically, and provides a feature rich review tool set.