Russians began to refuse to eat and socialize with friends because of work

The results of the survey conducted by IC “Rosgosstrakh” and the Research Center “Zarlamenta.ru” showed that more than half of working Russians (53 percent) consider themselves workaholics. For 39 percent of respondents this characteristic is positive, while 14 percent consider it a negative quality.

Interestingly, the largest number of workaholics was found among employees in the medical and pharmaceutical sector (80 percent), energy and mining industry (67 percent), as well as in marketing and PR (60 percent). This can be explained by the high level of responsibility and demanding nature of these industries.

However, the work is not only time-consuming but also requires sacrifice. 29 percent of respondents admitted that because of work they do not have time to eat, and 27 percent of workaholics sacrifice communication with friends and family, as well as rest and entertainment. Another 20 percent miss doctor’s appointments, and 19 percent are unable to participate in family celebrations and events.

Nevertheless, the majority of respondents (63 percent) said that work does not have a negative impact on their family and personal life, as their loved ones understand its importance. However, every third Russian admitted that sometimes conflicts arise on the grounds of professional activity, while only 5 percent constantly quarrel with their loved ones because of work.

Interestingly, more than half of the respondents (57 percent) work more than 40 hours a week. Only 28 percent of Russians work the allotted time, and 15 percent work 35 hours a week or less. More than 90 percent of respondents stay in touch with their employer even during non-working hours, and 59 percent always keep track of their work e-mail. As a result, one in five respondents admitted to being overworked and tired from work, and 90 percent of Russians have experienced burnout.

The survey was conducted in June 2023 and involved 2,400 people over the age of 25 from all federal districts of Russia.

Interestingly, the average working week of Russians increased significantly in the first quarter of 2023. On average, one worker had 38 hours and 30 minutes of working time per week. Compared to the same period in 2022 (38 hours 14 minutes) and 2021 (less than 38 hours), this is a notable increase.

Workaholics are a phenomenon that can be viewed from different angles. On the one hand, they are highly motivated and dedicated to their work, which can contribute to efficiency and productivity. On the other hand, they risk their health and personal life by denying themselves rest and time for themselves.

Expert Opinion:

“Workaholics can achieve significant success in their careers, but it’s important to find a work-life balance. Overwork and burnout can seriously undermine a person’s health and emotional state. Therefore, it is recommended to devote time to rest, family and hobbies in order to maintain harmony in life,” notes psychologist Anna Ivanova.

Thus, workaholics make up a significant part of working Russians. For some, this is a positive quality that helps them achieve success in their careers. However, it can also lead to problems with health and personal life. It is important to find a balance between work and rest in order to maintain harmony in life.

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