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5 ways to curb the workaholic in you

While the dedication to put in extra hours is a valuable trait, it’s important to manage a healthy balance in the long term.

One of the major differences between a hard worker and a workaholic is the problems that are caused as a result. Poor health, guilt when not working and increased stress levels are often consequences of work addiction. Here are a few ways to combat it:

1. Trust your team

For a team to grow successfully, it’s important to attract and retain talented employees, delegate effectively, and trust them to perform tasks without you. This will free up time for you to focus on strategy and growth.

2. Reduce distraction

Shorten meetings and set dedicated working times where people can focus and create a culture of face-to-face interaction rather than using email. Around 40 per cent of employees believe work distraction could also be drastically reduced with flexible and remote working options, according to a report by Udemy.

3. Encourage work-life balance

Instill a 40-hour work week for everyone, CEOs included, with an emphasis on results rather than hours spent at a desk.

4. Try a digital detox

Limit time spent online by consciously logging off of your work email and putting your phone away during weekends and on holiday. Set the tone in your organisation by normalising the fact that employees don’t have to adopt an always-on attitude. There are several apps that can assist by locking your devices for a period of time.

5. Allow mornings to set the precedent for the rest of the day

Whether taking time out to exercise, read, meditate or plan for the day, prioritise setting the tone for the hours to come every morning. When planning out your day, stick to a realistic to-do list of no more than five items at a time.