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Are workaholic employees good for company?

I have a couple of employees who do not get tired sitting for hours on computers. They seemed to be 'not interested' while we are hanging out.

I don't know whether it is their passion or something.

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John Barley
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Workaholics are not good for a company. I read your comments and I ask where does the problem really lay.MayI make a suggestion.

Change the stance . Wipe out the word Employee from your vocabulary. They are people who are in your team. So rather than asking them to engage with you change it around. What do you have to do to engage with them.

Long range forecast looking at the pattern that is emerging. You are going to have problems not only with your people but also with the work they do for you Want to know more . contact me

Gabor Nagy
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Gabor Nagy Entrepreneur
Founder / Chief architect at Skyline Robotics
Yes, it may be their passion.
I would know. I'm like that. :)
Some people love solving challenging problems and spending time producing things.
I love spending time with my wife and going out, but I also love it when I make progress on my projects.
There is something about creating things that did not exist before.
Building awesome software, or holding a circuit board or a robot part in your hand that you designed.
Only those who create can truly understand this.

No, I don't think it's bad for the company.
On the contrary.
Only truly passionate people will create exceptional products.
If you are not passionate about it, then why are you doing it?

John Barley
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Insurance Broker | Risk Management Expert | Organisational Health Coach
I used to be a work aholic and now later in life I suffer from a condition which is inflammed due to two types of fatigue . Compassion Fatigue and Adrenalin Fatigue . So its about optimization not maximization.
Ema Chuku
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Ema Chuku Entrepreneur
Designer. Product Developer. Founder @ NuPad
Not necessary a bad thing or they may not be enthused by your current type of "team hang out", soyou may have to get creative for other ideas. I myself like working on my computers for hours, literally all day, so bringing in a table tennis in the office lounge for occasional team challenge did the trick in interrupting me.

Bottom story, no matter how much one likes to work (especially sitting in front a computer), it helps with brain productivity when a physical activity is added in place. This is something those workaholic may not know, so you may have to encourage them somehow.




Rod Abbamonte
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What is good are people who bring result.
Tom DiClemente
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It's not bad being a workaholic, nor having workaholics as employees. They may balance their lives in ways you are not aware, and that are none of your business. Measure them on their ability to meet their objectives. And, with regard to their not being interested while you're hanging out. Well, if they're hanging out with you in the first place, they must be interested. Have you asked yourself what can you do to better engage all employees, including the workaholics? Maybe they're just not interested in the same things you are.
Gabor Nagy
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Founder / Chief architect at Skyline Robotics
Good points raised.
At some of my previous jobs, they had these really lame, off-site activities.
A lot of people hated them, so they made them mandatory.
Like that would solve anything.
I sarcastically called them "mandatory fun".
As nerdy and workaholic I am, I like to take breaks and hang out with co-workers. I'm usually the first to go around the office, asking people if they want to go out to lunch etc.
But, I was happy when I had an excuse to get out of the mandatory off-site things.


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