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The relationship between organizational climate, occupational type and workaholism

Johnstone, A. and Johnston, L. (2005) The relationship between organizational climate, occupational type and workaholism. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 34 (3). pp. 181-188.


Two dimensions of workaholism - Drive to work and Enjoyment of work - and four aspects of organizational climate -- Work Pressure; Involvement; Supervisor Support; Co-worker Cohesion -- were considered in the reported research. The relationship between these variables revealed that aspects of the workplace environment were related to levels of both Drive and Enjoyment. Work pressure, Involvement, Co-worker Cohesion and Supervisor Support were all related to work enjoyment, with Co-worker Cohesion and Supervisor Support the strongest predictors. Only Work Pressure was related to the drive to work. Further, comparisons between two occupational groups -- Business Services (n=85); Social Services (n=66) -- revealed differences in levels of the components of workaholism. Those in the Business Services had higher Drive and lower Enjoyment than those in the Social Services. Implications for understanding and reducing workaholism are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: New Zealand Psychological Society
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