Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences
- New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper
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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