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Do you have a full time job? There’s a term which floats around corporate culture called ‘Workaholic’. But there’s more associated with it than just overworking.
Let’s talk about Workaholism.
What is it?
The term workaholism means “the compulsion or the uncontrollable need to work incessantly” (Oates, 1971).
But there has been multiple definition given.
Workaholism has been defined as an addiction to work (Ng, Sorensen & Feldman, 2007; Porter, 2006; Robinson, 2000), a pathology (Fassel, 1990), a behavior pattern that persists across multiple organizational settings (Scott, Moore & Miceli, 1997) and a syndrome comprised of high drive, high work involvement and low work enjoyment (Aziz & Zickar, 2006).
But the one area where continues a debate is whether workaholism is a positive or negative phenomenon.
Some have argued that workaholism is associated with a high level of eustress (pleasant stress) and other positive outcomes such as job and life satisfaction and high performance, and that workaholics may serve as role models for other employees (Baruch, 2011).
Others have speculated that workaholism may lead to positive outcomes (job satisfaction, job performance) in the short-term but negative outcomes (poor health, relationship problems) in the long-term (Ng et al., 2007).
Why do I need to know?
It is important to point out that workaholism should not be confused with simply spending an inordinate amount of time working.
Indeed, in a recent meta-analysis we found that workaholism and hours worked per week were only moderately correlated (r = .27 based on data from 20 samples; Clark et al., in press). 
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