Edit ModuleShow Tags

Entrepreneurs and Executives Can Be Healthy Workaholics

How to avoid karoshi: Death from overwork


Published:

Hard working entrepreneurs and executives often get labeled as workaholics, usually by the people closest to them. Good news:  New research indicates that workaholism for some people is actually healthy. What a relief! Researchers in this study evaluated two groups of employees, both of which worked many extra hours.

Researchers labeled one group the workaholics. Employees in this group worked long hours but were disengaged and disliked their work. Researchers labeled the other group the long-hours group. Its members also worked long hours but were engaged and enjoyed their work (this sounds like most of the entrepreneurs I work with)!

METHODS

Researchers evaluated 763 employees using biomarkers that indicate health risks such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels.

RESULTS

The good news: The long-hours group had decreased health risks. The bad news, the workaholic group increased health risks. Additionally, the workaholic group experienced a reduction in subjective wellbeing (e.g., depressive feelings and sleep problems). The long-hours group did not.

In Japanese culture, people traditionally worked extra hours and were often expected to do so. However, they’re now being more conscious of the potential detrimental effects of the extra hours and have created the word karoshi, which means “death from overwork.” This seems to apply to the true workaholic, not the long-hours group.

Think about your situation.

Do you work long hours? Are you happy doing so, or are you disengaged and not enjoying working so many hours? It’s an important question to answer. 

Edit Module
TC North

TC North, Ph.D. helps entrepreneurs get more of what they want from their businesses. He is a professional EOS implementer, co-author of the best selling leadership book on Amazon, "Fearless Leaders," a high-performance executive coach, Huff Post blogger and leadership speaker. The entrepreneurs he works with create high-performing organizations with extraordinary profitability – that people love to work for. Two of his companies have transformed from having flat revenue to becoming members of the Inc. 5000. Contact North by email or call 303-665-8920 to learn more. www.TCNorth.com.

Get more content like this: Subscribe to the magazine | Sign up for our Free e-newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Wolves?

We believe the U.S. economy’s fundamentals are solidly grounded on a brick foundation, and, at least in 2018, we do not need to be afraid of the big, bad wolves.

The Era of Experience-Driven Hotel Design

With the rise of a distinct culture built on boutique hotels, craft beverages and artisan cuisine, the Denver metro area is no longer just a gateway to the mountains, but a must-experience metropolis that will continue to attract regional, national and international attention.

Climax Mine: Lessons Learned From One of Colorado's Most Significant Mining Sites

While commodity price is a significant factor in the future of the Climax Mine, environmental factors are a major consideration as well.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags