Do you always have the urge to work, even when you may feel tired or exhausted? Jobs can be demanding at times and some days may feel longer than others.

However, when it gets to the point that your job is becoming a higher priority in comparison to your loved ones, social life and health - you may be entering a workaholic lifestyle!

Luckily, from a management perspective, a better work-life balance has become a priority and requirement for many.

Outlined below are four impacts that being a workaholic can create:

1. Burnout

Burnout is the result of work stress and can arise in varying levels from physical to mental health. Some factors that create burnout include:

  • Unclear work expectations
  • Lack of support
  • Toxic environment

Reducing burnout can be done by following the three tips below:

         1. Identify the areas that are causing problems

         2.Support yourself in finding a good work-life balance

         3.Reach out for additional help where needed

2. Zero delegation

You have a team of employees whose  purpose is to help you complete tasks and provide support. As a workaholic you may be trying to oversee every task, trust your team.

While it is ok to have someone proof your work, you must remember you are only one person and asking for support is not a sign of weakness.

Detect when you can and cannot manage a project yourself and make the decision to hand that off to another team member. The success and quality of work may actually improve, if you hand it off to a team member who has time to do the work properly.

3. Becoming miserable

You may have found at one point that your job made you very happy and brought you lots of pleasure. This feeling can diminish after time if work overall is consuming your entire life.

Being miserable at work impacts the individuals around you and can make you unpleasant to work with.

Your behaviors may be more irritated, angry or tired and this can have long-term impacts on your own health as well as your team’s health.

4. Higher turnover

From a manger viewpoint, you lead a team and they look to you for inspiration, motivation and clarification on work.

If they start to experience confusion or unhappiness within the role they may quit and look for new work.

A balanced life style can lead to improved productivity on your part, as you feel more refreshed and produce better quality work.


A workaholic lifestyle has proven to not be sustainable on countless occasions and the built-up burnout can create many health problems.

If you or a team member are showing the signs of being a workaholic, including, burnout, no delegation, miserable behavior and high rates of turnover then a work-life balance needs to be factored into your business strategy.