National Workaholics Day

Embracing balance in the contemporary workplace

July 5th is National Workaholics Day

We all know the type. A workaholic is anyone with an intense and compulsive need to work excessively.

Hard work, and a commitment to excellence are commendable traits.

And we want to encourage hard work and commitment.

But there is a point where it can be taken too far. Too much work can have negative consequences to individuals and to their overall well-being. Even Rodney Dangerfield used the term decades ago as part of his comedy routine!

National Workaholics Day serves as a reminder to reflect on our work habits and seek healthier approaches to productivity. National Workaholics Day offers an opportunity for businesses to celebrate their hardworking employees and foster a culture that promotes both dedication to work and to employee well-being.

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The perils of excessive work

It’s crucial for individuals to recognize the signs of workaholism and take steps to establish a healthier work-life balance. This may involve setting boundaries, prioritizing self-care, seeking support from loved ones or professionals, and finding ways to disconnect from work and engage in activities that promote overall well-being.

It is equally important for managers and organizations to recognize the symptoms and assist employees on finding a proper work-life balance. Recognizing National Workaholics Day is a great way to start the conversation.



Working long hours without adequate rest or breaks can lead to burnout, a state of chronic physical and emotional exhaustion. Burnout can manifest as fatigue, decreased productivity, and feelings of cynicism or detachment from work.

Health Issues

Prolonged periods of intense working, stress and neglecting to take care of physical health can contribute to various physical health problems. These may include cardiovascular issues, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and headaches.

Mental Health

Workaholics may have increased stress, anxiety, and depression. The constant self-induced pressure to perform and neglecting personal well-being can take a toll on an individual’s mental health.


Workaholics may struggle to maintain healthy relationships due to their excessive focus on work. Neglecting personal connections and spending limited time with loved ones can lead to conflicts, feelings of isolation, and damage to important relationships.

Decreased Productivity

Excessive work hours do not always produce increased productivity or creativity. Fatigue and mental exhaustion hinder problem-solving abilities, innovation, and workplace effectiveness.

Work-Life Balance

Too much work creates an imbalance between work and personal life. Neglecting personal interests, hobbies, and relaxation time can lead to a diminished sense of fulfillment beyond work.

Steps you can take to support employee well-being

Here are some steps you can employ in your organization to recognize Workaholics Day and to support your employees:

work life balance

Use Workaholics Day as an opportunity to remind employees of the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Encourage them to set boundaries, take regular breaks, and prioritize self-care. Foster a culture that values personal well-being alongside professional achievements.

Encourage Work-Life Balance

recognize and appreciate employees

Consider implementing an employee appreciation program that rewards and acknowledges exceptional performance, dedication, and contributions to the company’s success. Recognize hardworking employees for their success, efforts and accomplishments.

Recognize and Appreciate Employees

flexible work arrangements

Folks are going back to the office. But you should still embrace flexible work options such as remote work or flexible hours, enabling employees to have greater control over their schedules. This allows employees to achieve a better work-life balance.

Flexible Work Arrangements

mental health support

Invest in initiatives that promote mental health and well-being within the workplace. Provide access to counseling services, mindfulness programs, or workshops that address stress management and resilience-building techniques.

Whole Health Support

Organize team-building activities and events that foster camaraderie, collaboration, and relaxation. This can include social outings, wellness challenges, or volunteering opportunities to encourage a sense of community and work-life balance.

Team Building Activities

Workaholics Day Ideas

Make the most of National Workaholics Day! Remind your employees of their value by sending them a reminder to balance their lives and preserve their work-life balance.

Surprise your team with messages that resonate and engage:


In recognition of National Workaholics Day, lunch is on us for all our hardworking employees! Take a pause and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. We understand the importance of relaxation amidst the hustle and want to acknowledge and appreciate the immense effort everyone puts into their work every day.

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Happy Hour:

As a tribute to National Workaholics Day, here is a gift card for a Happy Hour treat. We encourage you to join together and take a moment to unwind and relax after work. We believe in balancing hard work with enjoyable leisure time, and we want to express our gratitude for the energy and commitment everyone brings.


Family/Friends Night:

As a tribute to National Workaholics Day, here is a gift card for a Happy Hour treat. We encourage you to join together and take a moment to unwind and relax after work. We believe in balancing hard work with enjoyable leisure time, and we want to express our gratitude for the energy and commitment everyone brings.


Take a Break:

In honor of National Workaholics Day, we’re gifting our hardworking employees with coffee and juice gift cards, encouraging them to take a refreshing break during their busy day. Small moments of relaxation, like enjoying a favorite drink, can make a big difference in rejuvenating the mind and maintaining productivity. And want to support our employees in taking a break to create cherished memories.

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National Workaholics Day Significance


n. the compulsive need to work and to do so to an excessive degree. A workaholic is one who has trouble refraining from work. This type of driven overinvolvement in work is often a source of significant stress, interpersonal difficulties, and health problems. Also called ergomania.

Workaholism, a term used by psychologist and minister Wayne Oates in his book “Confessions of a Workaholic” in 1971, refers to the compulsive and uncontrollable need to work incessantly. It’s important to note that workaholism is distinct from having a strong work ethic or being highly engaged with one’s work. While engaged workers find pleasure in their work, workaholics feel an uncontrollable urge to work and often overwork themselves.

Work engagement is associated with positive emotions like happiness and self-assurance, while workaholism is linked to negative emotions such as guilt, anxiety, disappointment, and anger. Research shows that workaholism is also connected to negative outcomes both at work and in personal life.

Due to these differences in motivation and outcomes, there are clear signs or symptoms of workaholism that indicate individuals need help. If you observe coworkers displaying these signs of work addiction, it’s important to speak up and encourage them to seek assistance, regardless of the specific type of workaholic they may be.


Workaholics often have a deeply ingrained mindset that drives their behavior. They believe that working long hours and sacrificing personal time is necessary to achieve success. They may prioritize work over leisure activities, personal relationships, and self-care, often perceiving these sacrifices as essential for professional growth.

While their dedication and commitment are admirable, it’s crucial to help workaholics recognize the potential negative consequences and National Workaholics Day is a great opportunity to guide them towards a more balanced approach.


National Workaholics Day is observed annually on July 5th.

The day should be a reminder to reflect on our work habits, reassess our work-life balance, and find ways to prioritize our well-being. By acknowledging the day, businesses have an opportunity to create an environment that encourages a healthier approach to work, emphasizing the importance of both productivity and personal fulfillment.

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield purportedly coined the term “workaholic” back in 1986 as part of his comedy routine.

He was describing his father’s reliance on alcohol. Barry Popik, a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary, cites the following reference at his website:

“‘My father was a workaholic,’ says Rodney Dangerfield. ‘You mentioned work, he got drunk’” was printed in the Trenton (NJ) Times on August 15, 1983. American stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) is usually credited with the joke.

Employers can take many steps to encourage balance

Remind employees of how important work/life balance is and that you appreciate their dedication with rewards and incentives.

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