Can workaholics create a happy society?
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Health is one of the important needs of happy life. Strong and healthy person tend to be more productive than a person with weak health. It is obvious that workaholics" life style have a harmful influence on their health. After hard working day, they have no time for pastime in order to relieve their stress. Therefore, they must suffer from severe work-related stress for a long time, which lead to serious disease. For instance, an individual who works more than eight hour per day may suffer headache. According to Dodge&Martin research working more than 61 hours a week cause stress, which leads to weaken the physical and mental health. So called "white-collar" workers spend approximately 9 to 12 hours a day in their office, sitting on the chair, not moving. The condition of their work makes them to be less active in terms of sports. Consequently, they earn a bucket of different physical and mental diseases which are not very make people happy. Also, they do not get much sleep. At most they get four to five hours of sleep a day. And most of the time they only get this much amount of sleep is because they measure themselves on a different level from others. By being a workaholic they gain personal achievements and finical worth.
In addition of weak health, workaholic"s lifestyle can affect on their social lives. Without enough time to participate in outdoor activities or community activities, workaholic cannot form new relationships with others. Therefore, friends who play an important role in their mental health around them are so fewer that make them uncomfortable to society. Furthermore, they have a looser and looser link with their relatives, as a result, all of this make them feel isolated from their society.
Moreover, workaholic"s lifestyle has an adverse effect on their families. As much as workaholic has a superior position in their company, time they spend on their families is limited. They even do not have enough time to take care of their children or do household chores sometimes, which lead to commune inadequately with other family members. Therefore, their children may be not educated carefully in term of emotion and spirit, an easily to become vagabond, which in turn make workaholic uncomfortable about the behavior of their children.
According to the study of the University of Cambridge, about 75% couples who are considered as workaholics get divorce in 2006.
Work- family conflict is a particular type of inter-role conflict in which pressures from the work role are incompatible with pressures from the family role. When they have conflict in the family, they tend to develop a negative feeling towards family. Conflict affects and kids too. The effects of workaholism can be just as devastating for partners as for work addicts themselves. Some co-workaholics say they felt ashamed and began to close out the world, isolating their coupleship or family further. Recovering co-workaholics variously say they felt
anxious, emotionally numb, insecure, powerless, and plagued by low self-image and a sense of hopelessness. Isolation made it even harder to ask for help and support when they "hit bottom." They say their capacity for genuineness and honesty was gone. Depression and chronic underfunctioning often became the norm. Relatives and friends were avoided or abandoned who
"Cannot form new relationships with others"
"Cannot be Happy in life"
"Cannot be strong and Healthy"
"Cannot feel interlaced with society"
"Commune inadequately with other family members"
All of Dilda"s arguments are based on her assumptions and her definition of a workaholic. She used a dictionary called "Urban Dictionary", for those of you unknown to what this dictionary is:
It is an internet dictionary used to define internet terms, like "Car Sandwich, "Backspray" and "Bathroom stalemate". It"s a highly informal dictionary not regulated by a central organ but the community, hard to call a solid source.
Now Mrs. Dilda had a great argument of Cambridge, they too have a definition of their own in their dictionary:
a person who works a lot of the time and finds it difficult not to work:
This is a much less biased definition and provides us with a much closer look at what workaholism actually is. Namely it is the fact that their live is dedicated to work, they FIND it difficult to not think about work but there is no such thing as they are not ABLE to think about anything else.
But the debate is: Can workaholics create a happy society?
Mrs Dilda on the other hand does not answer this question because she centres this whole debate on a stereotype coming from some informal dictionary site, not the actual subject. So I hereby provide Dilda and everyone else with the answer: Yes it is possible.
We have data on Japan being one of the most workaholic countries in the world. It is also the furthest developed country in all of Asia ranking 10th according to the Human Development Index (HDI UNDP) and ranking 43rd at the World Happiness Report.
South Korea, 4th on the workaholic scale by Business insider and only a couple of places higher in the world happiness report but considered 12th in the HDI.
Singapore 18th at the HDI and statistics by Singapore Business Review indicating more than 68% of the employees has to work overtime but 30th in the World Happiness Report of the 156 countries reviewed.
This list can go on and on, about countries that have incredible amounts of workaholics but happiness scales higher than average.
I know it is possible to create a happy society based on people who love their job so much they can"t let go of it even in personal life. This does not mean however we can"t make their lives even better. We need to protect these people against abusive employers to make sure they can"t be taken advantage of. So together with social policies and their input, a society can thrive on their dedication to work.
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