Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Are you a workaholic?

Workaholic1_rex_25apr12.jpg
Workaholic2_rex_25apr12.jpg
Workaholic3_rex_25apr12.jpg

Working hard and being dedicated to your career may actually be a bad thing, says new research.

A study out this week reveals that staying late in the office and regularly skipping plans with friends to do work could be symptomatic of an actual work addiction.

The Bergen Work Addiction Scale was devised by clinical psychologist Dr Cecilie Andreassen and her team at the University of Bergen after testing 12,000 Norwegian workers from 25 different industries.

Based around the answers to just seven simple questions, the scale rates the kind of behaviour displayed by workaholics; behaviour similar to that shown in all kinds of addicts, from drug users to alcoholics and gamblers.

Take the test below to find out if you’re a workaholic

Look at each of the following statements and rank yourself on each one according to the following:

1 = Never, 2 = Rarely, 3 = Sometimes, 4 = Often and 5 = Always

1. You think of how you can free up more time to work

2. You spend much more time working than initially intended

3. You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and depression

4. You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them

5. You become stressed if you are prohibited from working

6. You prioritise work over hobbies, leisure activities, and exercise

7. You work so much it has negatively influenced your health

If you score 4 (Often) or 5 (Always) on four or more of these seven statements it may suggest you are a workaholic. Seek help at www.actiononaddiction.org.uk

What do you think? Will you be cutting back on work now you've taken the test? Tell us your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Picture credit: Rex

Related

office-martry.jpg

Are you the office Martyr?

pills-mouth.jpg

The dangers of your daily fix

humour-at-work.jpg

How being funny could help your career

Comments

More

No more meat (during the week): why I'm going flexitarian for Lent

"From as early as I can remember, meat has been the norm — until now." by Katie O'Malley

12 Feb 2016

Why the “belief” question could be a step back for sex abuse survivors

“Survivors of serious sexual offences need to be encouraged to come forward, not deterred, disbelieved and silenced.” by Amy Swales

11 Feb 2016

Illustrator captures the beauty of being single

“I like to show women who exist in solitude but do not suffer” by Sejal Kapadia Pocha

11 Feb 2016

Hollywood producer tweets reveal outrageous sexism in script intros

“Blonde, fit, smokin’ hot” by Harriet Hall

11 Feb 2016

How marriage pressure is ruining Chinese New Year for many women

A tale of family tensions and emotional blackmail

11 Feb 2016

The surprising thing that’s likely to increase sexual satisfaction

The secret to intimacy by Sejal Kapadia Pocha

10 Feb 2016

Book tickets to Stylist’s Life Lessons event

On Wednesday 9 March, join three successful women as they share their most valuable life advice

09 Feb 2016

Wanted: home for giant rabbit who loves cuddles

A rabbit the size of a dog is in need of a home after his owner could no longer care for him by Charlotte Duck

09 Feb 2016

The definitive guide to acing a job interview

How to land your dream job by Sarah Biddlecombe

09 Feb 2016

Veganuary diary: To be vegan or not to be vegan?

Here’s to more mindful eating by Harriet Hall

08 Feb 2016