Workers Need an Intervention

December 20, 2010 ( – A new CareerBuilder survey finds workers are having a hard time disconnecting from work, with some even preferring to be at work over home.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of workers reported that when they’re at home or out socially, they’re still thinking about work, and almost one-fifth (19%) often dream about work. Sixteen percent stated that most of their conversations – at work, home or out socially – tend to focus on work.  

Could these be signs of work addiction: Fifteen percent of survey respondents reported that they would rather be working than at home, and 9% are more concerned about approval from their boss than their family, according to a press release.  

The lack of ability or desire to disconnect from work is affecting workers’ personal relationships. Twenty-two percent reported they don’t have time to pursue personal interests because they say they’re always working, and 12% said the amount of time spent on work is causing friction with their family.  

The study also found it is affecting workers’ health. More than a quarter (26%) have experienced health issues tied to stress on the job. 

According to the press release, 51% of the 3,067 workers polled reported their workloads have increased over the last six months, and 27% have not taken a personal or sick day in the last few years. More than half (52%) reported they put in more than 40 hours a week, and 14% work more than 50 hours. Thirty-one percent bring home work at least once a week, while one-in-ten bring home work at least every other day.  

“While a strong work ethic is valued, a lack of balance with your personal life can ultimately work against you in the long run,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, in the announcement. She suggests scheduling time with family as one does with work meetings, delegating work-related tasks when possible, and turning off electronic devices at certain times.