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Workaholic vs. Slacker – Which is Better?

Perception of a workaholic

RichardClarkMy name is Richard and I am a workaholic. OK, full disclosure: that has not been a secret from those who know me.

I could blame our culture. Our economic environment seems to favor the person who works longer hours. It is like an alcoholic living life in a liquor store. The incentives to feed the addiction are impossible to avoid. According to a Gallup survey released last year (2014), the average work week for full-time employees was 47-hours. Almost 20% work 60 or more hours per week.

I could blame my dad: bad genes. Or I could try to convince myself that this is no malady at all. This is a great way to live! Especially when I compare it to the other end of the spectrum.

A completely different picture emerges when thinking about the number of Americans who are not working any longer. Earlier this year we learned from the Bureau of Labor statistics that the almost 93-million Americans who no longer participate in the workforce is a new record. While a significant percentage of the people represented have left the labor pool due to retirement and a less than robust job market, some have found that there are incentives available for those who simply prefer slacking off. Maybe it is their parents’ rent-free home, or aid received from others.

It is difficult to give a good answer to a flawed question.

So, which is better, or in this case perhaps, which is worse? This may be a question akin to which is a better approach to dealing with a rogue nation, giving them access to resources they can turn toward their nefarious intentions or go to war? It is difficult to give a good answer to a flawed question. The better question is probably something like: what is the best way to lead a productive, fulfilling, God-honoring life?

I perceived that there is nothing better for [people] than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man (Ecclesiastes 3: 12-13, English Standard Version).

In my words: It is good to do work that is personally fulfilling and makes a positive difference in the world. It is also good to enjoy the fruits of such labor. That does not sound at all like workaholism. Nor does it sound like slacking. What shall we call it?

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Jerry Twombly
With over 40 years of practical experience administering, training, and supporting ministry nonprofits and NGO's, Jerry Twombly's signature "relational" approach to organizational development has enabled hundreds of organizations and churches to raise multiplied millions of dollars.