Episode #148 – Overcoming Workaholism in the Virtual Workspace

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In this episode of Team Anywhere, host Mitch Simon sits down with guest Bryan Robinson, best-selling author of the book, Chained to the Desk (Third Edition): A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them. Get ready to dive into the riveting world of workaholism as Bryan shares his personal journey and the detrimental effects of being chained to the desk. Discover how overworking impacts productivity, relationships, and even your health. With mind-blowing insights and practical tips, Bryan reveals the secrets to achieving work-life balance and finding fulfillment beyond the grind. Don’t miss this eye-opening episode that will forever change your relationship with work as we Team Anywhere.

The Impact of Workaholism on Individuals and Organizations

Bryan Robinson explores the dangerous effects of workaholism on individuals and organizations. He reveals how overworking can lead to burnout, negative health consequences, and strained relationships. Robinson emphasizes that workaholics often hinder team dynamics and create more problems than they solve. Through research and personal stories, he highlights the importance of work-life balance and the need for organizations to prioritize the well-being of their employees.

Setting Boundaries and Embracing Self-Compassion

Robinson delves into the significance of setting boundaries to combat workaholism. He shares practical tips and personal experiences about creating physical and mental spaces that separate work from personal life. He advocates for self-compassion, emphasizing that blaming external factors is not productive and that individuals need to take responsibility for their choices and actions. By being more mindful and present in the moment, listeners can enhance productivity and overall well-being.

Thrive Global as a Model for Self-Care

Robinson praises Thrive Global, led by Arianna Huffington, as a model company for promoting self-care in the workplace. He discusses the organization’s emphasis on work-life balance, flexible schedules, and self-monitoring practices. Robinson admires the company’s commitment to creating a supportive and nurturing environment for employees, allowing them to prioritize their personal well-being. Listeners gain insights into how workplaces can incorporate self-care practices to enhance employee satisfaction and productivity.

Workaholism in the Age of Remote Work

The advent of remote work has blurred the boundaries between work and personal life, leading to increased workaholism. Robinson reflects on his own experiences and the challenges he faced in finding a balance between work and personal life while working from home. He shares valuable advice on how to resist the constant accessibility and temptation of work in every room. Listeners gain valuable insights on maintaining mental well-being and creating a healthy work-life balance in the era of remote work.

Who is Bryan Robinson?

Bryan E. Robinson is Founder and Chief Architect Officer of Comfort Zones Digital, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a psychotherapist in private practice. He writes for Forbes.com and Thrive Global and is the author of over forty books, including three editions of Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them and #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn on Your Life.

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