Help The Workaholic

QUESTION: What are some ways I can help the workaholic?

ANSWER:

You can help the workaholic once you understand the condition. A workaholic is someone who has a compulsive desire to work. A workaholic can never have enough work to do; they always want more to do. Workaholics can view their compulsive behavior to work as both a pleasure, or in certain situations as a burden.

Workaholics can be helped, but it will take some time and effort by both the workaholic and the person trying to help them. How can you help someone avoid becoming a workaholic? The first thing you must do is to recognize some of the warning signs of a workaholic.

Workaholics are usually the ones that:
  • Have a hard time relaxing.
  • Take their work home and even to bed with them.
  • Try to do work on vacations and weekends.
  • Love to work more than 40 hours a week.
If someone you love has any one or more of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he/she is a workaholic. It does mean that a revaluation of life is in order.

Help the Workaholic – Practical Tips
If you suspect someone is a workaholic, here are some things you can do to help him or her.

  • Be alert for the warning signs and point them out to the person. Most of the time, he/she will not readily admit to being a workaholic. But, if you lovingly point it out maybe he/she will see the error.

  • If the workaholic admits to his/her problem, seek a support group like Workaholics Anonymous or a church based support group.

  • With permission, help prioritize his/her life by making sure that time is taken to relax and have fun. Make sure to positively reinforce behavior that is not work related.

  • Personally commit to do your part. Refrain from contributing to the workaholic’s behavior by demanding too much in the way of material possessions or money.

  • Look for ways to show the workaholic that your love is based on who he/she is, not what they do. Show the workaholic that self-worth is not based on material possessions.

Workaholics - Learn More!

WHAT DO YOU THINK? - We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

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