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The Workaholic: Dedicated Employee or Liability?

Over the past several years, the economy has forced Connecticut employers to “do more with less” – often by laying-off workers and stretching core staff to their limits.  As a result, many managers have come to view workaholics as “life savers” and “indispensable assets.”

Employees who consistently put in long hours can undoubtedly help your company in the short-term; but the question remains:  “Over the long-term, are workaholics dedicated employees or liabilities?”

The truth is that – in some cases – workaholics can actually detract from your business.  Here’s why.

When an employee continually takes on more and more work, the long-term effects can be disastrous.  Sooner or later, he will hit a breaking point.  He’ll burn out and may even quit his job – taking his knowledge with him and leaving you with the expense and inconvenience of finding his replacement.

So if you have workaholics on staff, share this post with them and encourage them to achieve a healthier work/life balance.  Explain to them that:

  • Balanced employees are more productive and accurate. Research indicates that those who take vacation and occasional time off are more successful.  Time away from work renews their drive, boosts productivity and helps them avoid costly mistakes that overworked employees are prone to make.
  • Rested workers are smarter, safer workers. Fatigue, poor health and stress are hallmarks of “workaholism.”  All of these lead to an increase in worker’s compensation and health insurance costs.  Do what you can to ensure employees get the time away from work they need to rest.  Enforce necessary breaks and limit overtime to keep your employees healthier and safer.
  • Employees who leave (occasionally) are more likely to stay. While this sounds contradictory, encouraging staff to take their vacation time can actually reduce turnover.  To boot, the change in routine and surroundings can help employees gain fresh perspectives on their work and spark new ideas.
  • Happy employees create a better culture. Workaholics are generally cranky because they’re (obviously) overworked.  Chronically ill-tempered employees are more likely to stir up office conflicts, harbor resentment or even berate co-workers and superiors.  Create a better corporate culture by nipping counterproductive behaviors like these in the bud.  Make it clear that working long hours and skipping vacations are not ways to get ahead in your organization.

If your Connecticut business is like most, your staff is already stretched thin.  When one person takes a vacation, it can be difficult for others to manage the additional workload.  Call A.R. Mazzotta to provide talented temporary employees to handle your core staff’s workload while they are away – and keep your business running smoothly.