Entrepreneurship · Startups

Are workaholic employees good for company?

Whitney MPA Founder & Director at Hello, My Name is KING, Inc.

October 6th, 2016

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.

Gabor Nagy Founder / Chief architect at Skyline Robotics

October 6th, 2016

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?

Ema Chuku Designer. Product Developer. Founder @ NuPad

October 6th, 2016

Not necessary a bad thing or they may not be enthused by your current type of "team hang out", so you 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 Co Founder at STARTREK / @startupHunter / @startupWay / @CoFounderFound / @GOcapital / @startupClub / @lastminute

October 7th, 2016

What is good are people who bring result.

Tom DiClemente Management Consulting | Interim CEO/COO | Coach

October 7th, 2016

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.

John Barley Insurance Broker | Risk Management Expert | Organisational Health Coach

October 6th, 2016

Workaholics are not good for a company. I read your comments and I ask where  does the problem really lay. May I 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         

John Barley Insurance Broker | Risk Management Expert | Organisational Health Coach

October 6th, 2016

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.  

Gabor Nagy Founder / Chief architect at Skyline Robotics

October 7th, 2016

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.