SAN JOSE, Calif. – Are you a workaholic? A new survey suggests electronics executives—that would include engineering managers—are prone to the malady.
A whopping 41 percent of electronics and high-tech managers consider themselves workaholics, and 80 percent work at least occasionally on weekends, according to a survey conducted by Accenture.
Researchers gathered data from 243 electronics and high-tech execs as part of a larger annual “Defining Success” survey of 4,100 executives from 26 industries in 33 countries. Three-quarters of all respondents said they work frequently or occasionally during paid time off generally checking email (71 percent), catching up on work (44 percent), working with no distractions (35 percent) and participating in conference calls (30 percent).
I’ve done those things, too. Personally, I wouldn’t say I am a workaholic, but I consider myself a “Type A.” As such, I often enjoy my work, can overwork myself and sometimes find it difficult to shift gear into fun and self-care modes.
There’s a 12-step program for workaholics that I don’t attend, but I know at least one person who does. Interestingly, there’s also a TV program for workaholics, but I’ve never watched it—too busy working, I guess.
The good news is 53 percent of all those surveyed define their career success as having a work/life balance—more than those seeking mainly recognition (47 percent) or money (44 percent). Seventy percent said they can have a successful career as well as a full life outside work, but 50 percent said they cannot “have it all at the same time.”