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Why Being a Workaholic Is Counterproductive

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This story appears in the February 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Give yourself a break, says researcher, author and professor Leslie Perlow.
Give yourself a break, says researcher, author and professor Leslie Perlow.
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Sometimes self-destructive workaholic behavior can get so out of hand there's only one recourse left: an office intervention. Enter Leslie Perlow, a professor of leadership armed with an eagle eye for counterproductive work styles.

"Most of us are "successaholics.' That's what we think is necessary for our organization to succeed," says Perlow, author of Sleeping With Your Smartphone and a researcher whose experiments in corporate have shaken up notions about in the always-on workplace. "If you try to do things differently, you will find it incredibly valuable. It's rallying together to recognize that if we continue to work in this way, it's undermining our productivity, our sustainability, our creativity."

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