Is Workaholism a Work Ethic?

I remember being told of a conversation between an employee and his employer.  This happened a couple of years ago, but the memory is fresh as homemade pizza.

The employee shared with me that his boss worked long hours. Not only that, but she (his boss) rarely ate healthy meals and almost never with others or at regular times. She had little to no home life.

The employee shared with me that they had been talking once and his box mentioned that they had different work ethics. The employee put in full time (at least) and occasionally took work home, but was careful and intentional about also maintaining a family life.

I processed with this person, a friend of mine, that I don’t see the difference between workaholism and working hard but maintaining boundaries as a difference in work ethic. The trouble is, too often workaholism is recognized as deeper commitment and rewarded. Thus, sometimes, this is how someone becomes “boss.”

Does this being my position simply mean I am not a workaholic?

Tomorrow: implications for the church.

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