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What have you sacrificed for your job? Enter our contest for workaholics

Have you missed out on so many weekend activities that you've stopped counting? Do you often catch the sunrise on the way home from work? Enter our contest for workaholics!


In a recent TechRepublic survey, more than 70 percent of respondents said they have cut their vacation short because of problems at work.

Missed vacation days aren’t the only sacrifices IT professionals make for their jobs. Intense competition in just about every industry, along with the critical shortage of IT workers, are among the factors that require IT professionals to make extraordinary personal sacrifices for their work.

While we can’t give you back your vacation days, we can make your sacrifice a little less painful. TechRepublic would like to reward IT professionals who have gone beyond the call of duty. Enter the “Workaholics contest” and tell us how you’ve sacrificed for your job. We’ll select the Top 10 stories and award prizes to the TechRepublic members who submitted them.

Were you soaking up the sunshine on the deck of a cruise ship when a message on your Blackberry ruined the trip? Have you sublet your apartment because you really don’t live there anymore? Describe your sacrifice in a few brief sentences.

There are certainly some people who willingly choose to work long hours because of their work ethic or their desire for career advancement. Voluntary workaholics are eligible to enter this contest as well as IT professionals who work too much because it’s required of them.

Unfortunately, we know that overworking can lead to some serious personal consequences. For example, job stress can be detrimental to your health. One TechRepublic member who works as an IT consultant said his travel schedule nearly destroyed his marriage. Another IT manager told us he frequently sleeps at the office in order to catch up on his overwhelming workload. By sharing information about career challenges, it is hoped TechRepublic members will also learn strategies about coping with their demanding jobs.
Tell us about the worst-case scenario. When have you put your life on hold because you had to solve a crisis on the job? To enter the contest, please send us a brief e-mail. Be sure to include your e-mail address so we can contact you if you are a contest winner. (Your name and address will remain confidential if you request it.)
In a recent TechRepublic survey, more than 70 percent of respondents said they have cut their vacation short because of problems at work.

Missed vacation days aren’t the only sacrifices IT professionals make for their jobs. Intense competition in just about every industry, along with the critical shortage of IT workers, are among the factors that require IT professionals to make extraordinary personal sacrifices for their work.

While we can’t give you back your vacation days, we can make your sacrifice a little less painful. TechRepublic would like to reward IT professionals who have gone beyond the call of duty. Enter the “Workaholics contest” and tell us how you’ve sacrificed for your job. We’ll select the Top 10 stories and award prizes to the TechRepublic members who submitted them.

Were you soaking up the sunshine on the deck of a cruise ship when a message on your Blackberry ruined the trip? Have you sublet your apartment because you really don’t live there anymore? Describe your sacrifice in a few brief sentences.

There are certainly some people who willingly choose to work long hours because of their work ethic or their desire for career advancement. Voluntary workaholics are eligible to enter this contest as well as IT professionals who work too much because it’s required of them.

Unfortunately, we know that overworking can lead to some serious personal consequences. For example, job stress can be detrimental to your health. One TechRepublic member who works as an IT consultant said his travel schedule nearly destroyed his marriage. Another IT manager told us he frequently sleeps at the office in order to catch up on his overwhelming workload. By sharing information about career challenges, it is hoped TechRepublic members will also learn strategies about coping with their demanding jobs.
Tell us about the worst-case scenario. When have you put your life on hold because you had to solve a crisis on the job? To enter the contest, please send us a brief e-mail. Be sure to include your e-mail address so we can contact you if you are a contest winner. (Your name and address will remain confidential if you request it.)

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