Workaholism (short version)


  • Gayle Porter

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2005


  • Overwork
  • Spillover
  • Stress
  • Time
  • Work and Family


  • Business and Management


Generally speaking, workaholism is a condition of working to excess. This tendency may coincide with but does not stem from demanding conditions in the workplace. Beyond those two statements, there is lack of consensus among researchers as to what conditions constitute workaholism and, therefore, the theories that should be incorporated into explanation and further exploration of the phenomenon. Most pertinent to work-family studies is the research suggesting that workaholics (those who engage in workaholism) are pursuing work in a way that is detrimental to other life interests, particularly family relationships. The term work addiction is often used as synonymous with workaholism, indicating an internal drive that has dysfunctional implications like any other addiction. The following entry acknowledges a range of contributions, from various perspectives, but emphasizes the term workaholism as representing an addictive pattern.

Link: Workaholism-short_version encyclopedia