Articles & Research Abstracts
Workaholic and work engaged employees: Dead ringers or worlds apart?
|Publication Date||October 2011|
|Author||Ilona van Beek, Toon W. Taris, and Wilmar B. Schaufeli|
|Source||Journal of Occupational Health Psychology|
|Source Type||Journal Article|
This article focuses on the nature, antecedents, and consequences of workaholism and work engagement. The results of a confirmatory factor analysis identified the two as independent constructs. Four types of employees were identified: workaholic employees, engaged employees, engaged workaholics, and nonworkaholic/nonengaged employees. Further analyses showed that employees who were workaholics were driven by controlled motivation, while employees who were engaged were driven by autonomous motivation. Engaged workaholics were driven by both and also spent the most time on work. Engaged workaholics did not experience the highest levels of burnout. Hence, the authors suggest that engagement may buffer the effects of workaholism on employee burnout.
|Keywords||workaholism, work engagement, controlled motivation, autonomous motivation|
van Beek, I., Taris, T. W., & Schaufeli, W. B. (2011). Workaholic and work engaged employees: Dead ringers or worlds apart? Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 16, 468-482.