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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Got Guilt?


Most of us, at some point in our career, feel guilty about how much time we are working and not with our spouse, kids, girlfriend, etc.

Wayne Hochwarter, a FSU business professor, has researched work induced guilt and learned that of 700 people, half felt guilty about how much time they were working. That guilt, he says, causes health problems such as backaches and headaches and work problems such as inability to concentrate or problem solve and less job satisfaction. You can bet it causes home problems too such as strained relationships. Hochwarter says it is no wonder so many people take anti-anxiety pills.

I interviewed Hochwarter yesterday and he passed along some great tips for managing guilt. His advice: change what it means to have it all, make a commitment to just hang out with your family or spouse, turn off your cell phone when you walk in your front door.

You can read Hochwarter's resume online and some of the additional research he has conducted. You can read more guilt management suggestions in my Miami Herald column today, click here.

1 Comments:

Anonymous David at ReflectionsCoachingLLC.com said...

Cindy,

Speaking from experience, there's nothing like the feelings of guilt from losing time with loved ones that you know that you can never recapture, especially when you know that there's something that you can do to change things.

David at http://reflectionscoaching.typepad.com/

8:48 PM  

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