Workaholics. Are they a cancer?

“If your start-up can only succeed by being a sweatshop, your idea is simply not good enough.” David Heinemeier Hansson

I think David is right on.  The bigger issue here is how do workaholics affect your company.

This post was inspired by an article on the 37Signals blog titled “Fire the workaholics.”

David makes points like:  it’s not sustainable; working inefficiently; create pressure in the workplace; lose focus of what’s important; workaholics are self absorbed.

On a personal level I don’t like the workaholic.  On a company level, I do not think it’s a good culture.

I’m the type of person that I can’t stop thinking once I leave the office.  I’m more of a grazer, when it comes to getting work done.  I can focus for about 1-2 hours, then I need a break.  That’s just me.  Putting in a 12 hour day is not 12 hours of work.

If you work w/ people that feel they have to put in 12 hour days, there’s something wrong there.

On the flip side of that, a very wise, old Greek guy told me once:  “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.”

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