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

The loneliness crisis: can you really make friends on an app?

"I’m filled with a warm, first term at Malory Towers-style hope"

17 Feb 2017

People are more scared of deadlines than they are of actually dying

Makes sense to us.

by Moya Crockett
17 Feb 2017

Seven year old girl asks Google for a job - and gets the best response

"Dear Google boss, when I am bigger I would like a job."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
17 Feb 2017

The Love Actually cast have already started filming their reunion

And there are behind-the-scenes photos. WE CAN’T DEAL.

by Moya Crockett
17 Feb 2017

“You were my best friend”: watch the heart-breaking #HurtBae video

“I did everything… I had sex with other girls. I did everything.”

by Amy Lewis
16 Feb 2017

This Yorkshire bakery has created an entire range of unicorn bakes

Move over rainbow toast/bagels/toasties

by Amy Swales
16 Feb 2017

This is the best drink to pair your cheese with (no, it’s not wine)

Is it gin? Is it Prosecco? No, it’s…

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Feb 2017

Science says this is the one incredible benefit of staying single

It seems as if staying single may be the best route to a happy-ever-after…

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Feb 2017

Quiz: which Love Actually character are you?

It's time to find out which of the film's most iconic characters you're actually like...

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Feb 2017

A free cheese and wine festival is coming to London

And there’s chocolate involved, too

by Moya Crockett
16 Feb 2017