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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059500783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595007837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fassell puts her finger on a key problem in the workplace today...work has become a substitute for life." -- Chicago Tribune

"Fassell puts her finger on a key problem in the workplace today…work has become a substitute for life." -- Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Diane Fessel, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Addictive Organization and the author of Growing Up Divorced. She is the president of Newmeasures, a company which develops short, reliable surveys that measure employee satisfaction and corporate values.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2001
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Working Ourselves to Death changed my life. I now HAVE a life. Fassel sheds light on the consequences of overinvolvement in work and provides concrete advice on how to extract yourself from the kind of soul-killing obsession that work can become. If you can't leave the office behind, this book will show you the way out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WyomingNomad on December 16, 2006
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I suffered from chronic overwork several years ago - routinely working 80-100 hours weekly. As I was searching for a way out, I found this book to be particularly helpful in focusing on the key issues and finding the choices that led to the much more balanced life that I now have. This entailed leaving my work and working in another area of my organization for a year and a half (working regular hours) before leaving that organization and area to start something new (answer the call to teach) in a different area of the country.

I highly recommend this book for those dealing with the consequences of overwork and desiring to search out their options for improving things where they are at, changing to something else or perhaps downsizing one's lifestyle by working part-time or early retirement.

What could be more important than what you do with your time?
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
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Fassel is taking on an issue that I believe is crucial in our society and I am pleased to see that, but I am disappointed in this book. She fails to get at the heart of some of the issues she raises because she is so mired in twelve-step jargon. Is it really impossible to cut back to a reasonable work load without calling on a "higher power" and going to meetings? And is the jargon of "disease" and "addiction" really applicable here? I also grew weary of the endless neologisms using the suffix "-aholic, with words like "care-aholic." This has really become overused.
I'd rather see a book that addresses the REAL issues--the unrealistic demands of companies and bosses, our society's obsession with "getting ahead" and consumption, our lack of adequate vacation time. Many other cultures have shorter work weeks, more vacation time and better family leave policies than ours, and they didn't have to go twelve-stepping to do it--they developed POLITICAL and social solutions to overwork instead. It seems we could do that here. Fassel's approach seems inadequate--and what good does it do for "work-aholics" to "make searching and fearless moral inventories of themselves" if our society's approach to the economy does not change?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By swish on February 23, 2013
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This was exactly me in this book. I saw myself in the inability to have nothing to do, the feeling that just being is not doing enough, and the use of work to make oneself whole.
I have had other addictive tendencies too.

Why is no one else talking about this and applying codependency and addiction study to other areas? So many of the thought makers in our society are addictive. Addictive people get positions of power. It seems to be an entry requirement for many professions to be addictive and codependent because if you are not, someone else who is will come in and make a better show of appearing to work hard and care more.

This is going to change as work becomes more remote, results-based, and less hierarchical. Look at ROWE. For a great alternative to work addiction, see Take back your time, and the energy project
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Wow. I got this on the recommendation of a therapist and it really kind of opened my eyes on just how bad my work and activity addiction was. Very easy to read and even if work addiction isn't your particular problem there is probably someone in your life for whom it is an issue.
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