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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Stay at the office -- it's okay to be a workaholic

THEY have been lambasted for their long working hours, for taking their laptops on holiday and obsessively checking their emails. But now there is good news for workaholics everywhere -- their fixation with work is not necessarily a bad thing.

A new academic paper argues that workaholism is often unfairly seen as a negative phenomenon for individuals and society.

A professor at the Rouen Business School in France, Yehuda Baruch, argues that workaholism -- while still an addiction -- can lead to positive outcomes for individuals, business and society. It should not, he concluded, be automatically dismissed as a vice.



VIGOUR

Professor Baruch writes in Career Development International that literature on workaholism portrays it as associated with high levels of stress at work and home and interfering with work-life balance.

But research also shows that workaholics are likely to display vigour and dedication, rather than exhaustion and cynicism.

Professor Baruch likens work addiction to a chocolate addiction arguing that there are some health benefits to be gained by eating chocolate; it energises people and generates a good feeling.

Similarly, workaholics are energised by their work and their achievements reinforce a sense of well-being.

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