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Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436
Previously published as: International Journal of Career Management
Incorporates: Executive Development

Online from: 1996

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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The positive wellbeing aspects of workaholism in cross cultural perspective: The chocoholism metaphor


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Title:The positive wellbeing aspects of workaholism in cross cultural perspective: The chocoholism metaphor
Author(s):Yehuda Baruch, (Rouen Business School, Rouen, France)
Citation:Yehuda Baruch, (2011) "The positive wellbeing aspects of workaholism in cross cultural perspective: The chocoholism metaphor", Career Development International, Vol. 16 Iss: 6, pp.572 - 591
Keywords:Addiction, Cross-cultural management, Employees behaviour, Hours of work, Long working hours, Quality of life, Well-being at work, Work addiction, Workaholism
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/13620431111178335 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

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

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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.



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