Chained to the Desk in a Hybrid World: A Guide to Work-Life Balance

  • 14h 18m 12s
  • Bryan E. Robinson, PhD
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2023

Americans love a hard worker. The employee who toils eighteen-hour days and eats meals on the run between appointments is usually viewed with a combination of respect and awe. But for many, this lifestyle leads to family problems, a decline in work productivity, and, ultimately, physical and mental burnout. Chained to the Desk in a Hybrid World provides an inside look at the impact of work stress on those who live and work with workaholics—partners, spouses, children, and colleagues—as well as the appropriate techniques for clinicians who treat them.

This book builds on the research included in three previous editions of Chained to the Desk from the bestselling author and family therapist Bryan E. Robinson. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of working from home, Robinson finds that the agonies of work stress have become more challenging. Recent years have seen an unprecedented shift to remote work, which has made it significantly harder to maintain the delicate work-life balance, weakened by smartphones and other technology. The result is that many workaholics are more stressed and burnt out than ever before in their work, despite being in the presence of family. Chained to the Desk in a Hybrid World both counsels and consoles. It provides a step-by-step guide to help listeners spot, understand, and ultimately recover from workaholism.

About the Author

Bryan E. Robinson, PhD, is founder and Chief Architect Officer of Comfort Zones Digital, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a psychotherapist in private practice. He writes for and Thrive Global and is the author of over forty books, including three editions of Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them, and #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn on Your Life.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - The Making of a Workaholic
  • Chapter 2 - Who, Me? A Workaholic—Seriously?
  • Chapter 3 - How to Spot Work Addiction
  • Chapter 4 - Inside the Workaholic Mind
  • Chapter 5 - The “Off Duty” Workaholic Brain
  • Chapter 6 - Wedded to Work Is a Family Affair
  • Chapter 7 - Spouses and Partners of Workaholics
  • Chapter 8 - The Legacy of Children of Workaholics
  • Chapter 9 - It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night: Work Stress and Job Burnout
  • Chapter 10 - Companies Behaving Badly, Encouraging Employees to Drink the Kool-Aid
  • Chapter 11 - “Good Trouble” in Corporate America
  • Chapter 12 - The Perspective Less Taken
  • Chapter 13 - Mindful Working
  • Chapter 14 - Untangling from the Workaholic Part of You
  • Chapter 15 - Radical Self-Care and Fierce Self-Compassion
  • Appendix: Managing Work Addiction and Work-Life Balance in a Hybrid World


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