workaholism

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Question 2: What impact does workaholism have upon the individual? The word ‘workaholism’ should not be new to people in the present world. People who are workaholic are commonly considered to be addicted to work and working longer hours than what they expected to. However, to give a more accurate definition for the word ‘workaholism’, according to Spence and Robbins (1992), a real workaholic is being described as people who are keen on doing their jobs, yet has no passion and love in it, the job is done due to the inner pressure of oneself. Workaholism is not only problematic for workaholic people themselves, but also brings negative impact to everyone who related to them, such as their families, employers and even the society as a…show more content…
These people have strong desire to success in their career and self established goal, and therefore they work excessive hours to achieve their aim. Due to the emulative nature of these individuals, they are likely not only mentally and physically burnout themselves, they are also likely to wipe out the relationship between their co-workers, friend, and even their family (Avani, Mark, Jennifer & Scott, 2012). For all these workaholics, although they are different in types and may have different characteristics, they are all struggling with the exclusion of other social or life activities due to their over-indulgence in work activities (Robinson, 1997). Outcomes of Work: It seems that workaholics are working harder than other non-workaholics worker since they are working longer time, they should be more productive and efficient in their work outcomes; however, the research shows a different result. Burke (2001) states that the workaholics are working harder yet receive less reward for their efforts. This statement is supported by the idea of Spence & Robbins (1992), that it is not the external motivators makes workaholics work, but the strong inner drive of workaholics. From these two statements, workaholism does not have ideal positive impact on individuals who are workaholics. However, some researchers view workaholism as a positive phenomenon, as they think on an organizational level, employers would be happy to employ a workaholic to for them (Scott,
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