Scaling our Personal Agility - How can we confirm if we are addicted to work?

Siraj Sirajuddin / Aug 1, 2023

We have to ask ourselves: "Are we addicted to work"?

Confirming if we are addicted to work in a Scaling Agility initiative requires careful self-reflection and observation of behavioral patterns. Here are some signs that may indicate work addiction:


  1. Obsession with work: Constantly thinking about work, even during personal time, and feeling compelled to work excessively beyond regular hours.

  2. Neglecting personal life: Neglecting personal relationships, hobbies, and self-care activities due to an overwhelming focus on work.

  3. Inability to disconnect: Finding it challenging to disconnect from work-related tasks, emails, or messages during non-work hours or vacations.

  4. High levels of stress: Experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, or burnout due to work-related pressures.

  5. Neglecting rest and recovery: Avoiding breaks, rest, and proper sleep to keep working continuously.

  6. Neglecting health: Ignoring physical and mental health needs due to excessive work demands.

  7. Lack of work-life balance: Struggling to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life.

  8. Neglecting social interactions: Isolating oneself from social gatherings or events due to work commitments.

  9. Feeling guilty when not working: Experiencing guilt or anxiety when not working or taking time off.

  10. Loss of interest in other activities: Losing interest in hobbies or activities that were once enjoyable due to a singular focus on work.

  11. Decreased productivity: Paradoxically, working longer hours may lead to decreased productivity and efficiency over time.


Remember that Scaling Agility initiatives require dedicated effort, but it's essential to strike a balance between productivity and well-being. By promoting a healthy work environment and addressing work addiction, individuals and teams can thrive and contribute effectively to the success of the initiative.

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Topics: Agile, transformation, Agile Manifesto, Business Teams, temenos, translation, transformational change, sustainability, temenoseffect, Agile Release Train, Business Agility, Career Services, transformations, Agile Transformation, transforming

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