Workaholism And Drugs And Narcotics Addictions Essay

1243 Words Nov 4th, 2015 5 Pages
There is no widely accepted definition of workaholism. While some (e.g. Shifron & Reysen, 2011) have argued that workaholism is an addiction similar to alcoholism and narcotics addictions, others (e.g. Ng, Sorensen, & Feldman, 2007) have focused primarily its behavioral dimension, namely working excessively to the extent of neglecting other areas of life. For the purpose of this paper, the latter definition will be used, and “work” will be measured by hours spent performing or thinking about job-related tasks. Workaholism is a growing problem in the United States: Robinson, 2001 (as cited in Shifron & Reysen, 2011) found that 25-30% of Americans identify as workaholics, while All Work (2014) highlighted that average annual vacation days per person have fallen from 20.3 in 1976-2000 to 16.0 in 2013. Additionally, the issue has become even more relevant as job insecurity has increased following the Great Recession and technology has allowed for employees to be constantly connected to the office (Shifron & Reysen, 2011 and Foster, 2014). In a July 2015 speech, Jeb Bush recommended that working more hours would grow the economy, and American workers seem to agree with him: 48% of Americans believed they worked less than or as much as people in other countries (Olen, 2015.) However, it would be more beneficial to the American economy to avoid overwork, as it reduces productivity, decreases job performance, and creates large liabilities from unused vacation time. The most direct…

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