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Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper

Happiness in one aspect of our life can positively impact upon our satisfaction within other domains of our life. The opposite also rings true. Today’s generation of working people have often been called the generation who want it all. But can we really have it all? And at what cost to our and others’ happiness? Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers explores ways in which contemporary working people can thrive in a complex, volatile and uncertain world. Combining both research and practice, the contributors of this book cover all bases from individual wellbeing, family, work and career experiences, to leadership. They conclude by providing the reader with tools to combine what they have learnt and apply it to their own lives.

Chapter 9: Managing workaholism

Shahnaz Aziz and Katie Vitiello

Subjects: business and management, gender and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy


Over the course of several decades, workaholism has become a commonplace term used in popular culture to depict individuals who are addicted to work. Oates (1971) first created the term workaholic to describe a person whose compulsion to work, or uncontrollable need to work incessantly, impedes multiple life functions. The term has since grown in familiarity and has been used progressively more often in the media, on the Internet, and in the research literature. Although the concept of workaholism has become an accepted way of life and engrained in the culture of North America, research on managing its levels has lagged its popular culture usage. This is an important area of study in that workaholism can be detrimental to employees, the people who are close to them, and the workplace itself and thus should not be an accepted way of life.

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