Career ladder or hamster wheel: That's how fast you become addicted to work


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Workaholism is not a harmless workaholic, but a serious addiction with sometimes serious consequences. The boundaries between hamster wheel and career ladder are fluid. What can we do so that it does not get that far?

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Workaholic or workaholic? The picture in the media

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The fact that the topic is always present in the media shows how important it is in our society. As a rule, workaholism is about it and the topic is often translated in the media as "workaholic".

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It would probably be more correct to work cravings, because those are more likely, if people can only talk about their job, day and night want to be reachable for their boss and even on vacation or even at night can not switch off - typical symptoms. By the way, Wikipedia also finds "Arbeitssucht" as a translation for Workaholism.

Workaholism can be deadly

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How serious this disease can be is shown by two spectacular deaths in recent times: The head of finance of the Swiss insurance group Zurich, Pierre Wauthier, committed suicide because apparently the job pressure became too great for him. And in London, a young German banker apparently died from overwork because of too many 24 hours shifts. But despite the dangers, workaholism is not uncommon.

The main reason why, despite the obvious disadvantages, many people cling to their stressful work schedule is their social standing. Perfectionism one of the main triggers and drivers of workaholism.

Aspiration, fighting spirit, sense of order: Workaholism has many seemingly positive sides

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Also features such as aspiration, ambition, fighting spirit, sense of order or organizational ability are considered excellent qualities to make a career; they are consistently well documented in modern day-to-day work. In addition, they are good for your own ego, which in turn enhances your addiction to workaholism.

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And while addictions such as hard drugs or uncontrolled alcohol consumption are ostracized socially, workaholism, so-called workaholism, is considered to be of a high social standing, is considered normal and is often even used by the Company wanted. Therefore, it is so hard to admit that the corresponding patterns of behavior are harmful and to change them.

Stress vs. Stress Flow: That's the difference

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So that's clear: we're not talking about healthy productivity here; from the flow, if we are briefly enthralled by the enthusiasm. We are talking here of a destructive aspiration that is usually nourished by the fear of not doing the right thing. What's the difference and what's going on in our brain and our hormone balance, I've been up on Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® about Effect of flow, stress and endorphins written. With negative stress, personal insecurity is all too often compensated for by hectic productivity.

Nevertheless, work-addicted people give the impression of being particularly productive and thus appear as the ideal performers. After all, in our society, whoever gives 110 percent, must ultimately be successful - right?

Every hamster wheel looks like a career ladder from the inside

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But "every hamster wheel looks from the inside like a career ladder" - a very accurate sentence, I think. And the demons that drive us to more and more power are deep within us - but they are still favored by the social circumstances mentioned above.

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How that applies, I realized, when I discovered some time ago a contribution by the American blogger Allison Vesterfelt. She had started a brave self-experiment on 2010: she gave up her job as a teacher to become a blogger, sold her possession and moved across the United States - from Portland to Oregon to Minneapolis.

When the dream job becomes a nightmare

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One could say that Allison has freed herself to indulge her passion for traveling and writing. And yet, her article "Blogging Is Stealing My Creative Energy" shows that the inner impellers are still there - and that she feels burned out today.

"... something did not change. I just kept following all the rules. (I think I'm addicted to them.) When it comes to blogging I've been following all the rules for awhile now. And I'm assuming that's part of the problem. The more I follow the rules, the less of me I'm doing. The more focused I am on becoming a "blogger", the less focused I am on becoming Ally. "

So the best job is stressful

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In her blog post, Allison Vesterfelt has analyzed why the dream job became a nightmare. Every job has advantages and disadvantages. For example, those who want to live from professional blogging, unfortunately, have to deal with key figures and statistics, provide access to their site, and so on. I know this from my own experience and can understand Allison's description so well:

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"It's time to get up, and get out of bed in the morning. I used to feel invigorated by, obsessed with leaning the ropes, challenging myself to produce better content, faster, to post it at the right time of the week and tweet it at the right time of the day. I would like to check my stats compulsively, each time I saw the blue line above the green line, and then each one came along. I would rush to my computer several times a day to read, listen, and respond. "

Inner impeller: We are responsible for it

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At the same time, this very personal statement shows that we are responsible for how strongly we drive ourselves. Because nobody forces us to constantly check statistics and run the computer around the clock. We do it all by ourselves. And so we can change the situation ourselves - and more often take a break, treat ourselves and do something good.

It sounds simple and yet the simple fact that we are good to ourselves leads to less insecurity and more relaxation. Just try it. Good luck breaking out of the hamster wheel!

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