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Being a workaholic has advantages and disadvantages

Being a workaholic has some perks, but people who work their tails off may be taken advantage of. Let’s explore both the pros and cons of workaholism.

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The pros and cons of being a workaholic

A workaholic I am not. I don’t understand those who are, and, furthermore, I don’t understand those who brag about it. I probably have a different definition of the word, however. I personally believe that it’s a diagnosis, while most self-proclaimed workaholics are just trying to describe their passion for their work. Assuming it is the latter, there are some pros and cons to being so dedicated.

  • Pro: The office workaholic is the boss’s go to guy or gal. He knows he can count on you, and you take pride in knowing that he does.
  • Con: You are irreplaceable. This sounds good at first, until you realize that you will never be replaced. You could work yourself right into a situation where it is almost impossible to promote you within the company.
  • Pro: Your passion for your job has you abreast of all projects. You know a little bit about everything.
  • Con: You know a little bit about everything, and not a whole lot about any one thing. In other words, you have too many irons in the fire; you’re a jack of all trades, master at none; a todo le tiras, y a nada le pegas.
  • Pro: Hopefully, you are doing what you love to do, and the fact that you get paid for it is just a perk. You work overtime and embrace it. You take things home. You have a certain sense of pride in your accomplishments and status. And, you are banking!
  • Con: If you work for the government, the state, the military, the school system, etc., congratulations, you workaholic you. Sorry about the paycheck.
  • Pro: You are the office expert. The one that people depend on in a bind; the one they can count on. People admire your work ethic.
  • Con: People depend on you in a bind. Like when the play-offs are on.

Being a workaholic is a position in the workforce that is both glorified and criticized, and it is because of the aforementioned advantages and disadvantages that it garners both reactions to the very word “workaholic.”

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Kristyl Barron holds a BA in English Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MHR in Counseling/Organizational Management from the University of Oklahoma. Barron has been writing professionally since 2008, and projects include a memoir entitled Give Your Brother Back His Barbie and an in progress motivational book called Aspies Among Us.

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