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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to offer a counter‐intuitive conceptual framework to the study and the management of workaholism. The paper proposes that the phenomenon can be constructive, generating welcoming outcomes for individuals, organizations and societies. Design/methodology/approach – A set of propositions about workaholism and its management under various contexts is presented and discussed. Findings – Workaholics should not be labeled as problematic addicts. Workaholism should not be automatically taken as negative and be suppressed. If the culture is positive towards workaholism, offer alternatives. Research limitations/implications – The framework has a number of practical implications such as reconsidering the negative stigmatization of workaholic employees . Practical implications – The framework should be useful for managers in dealing with workaholics at work. Originality/value – The paper develops a framework that enables “out of the box” thinking of workaholism.
Career Development International – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 25, 2011
Keywords: Workaholism; Work addiction; Cross‐cultural management; Well‐being at work; Long working hours; Addiction; Hours of work; Employees behaviour; Quality of life
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