The current study examined Spence and Robbins’ (1992) worker types in terms of correlates of workaholism (e.g., work–life imbalance, obsessive– compulsive behavior). A survey was administered to professionals, who were then classified into different worker types following the traditional median-split technique. The data were also analyzed with three composite variables that capture the worker types in a continuous fashion. The results of the correlation analysis with the composites were similar to those obtained with the median-split approach. Specifically, workaholics had higher levels of work–life imbalance than work enthusiasts, whereas unengaged workers and relaxed workers had low levels; workaholics and positively engaged workers had high levels of obsessive–compulsive behavior, whereas work enthusiasts, unengaged workers, and relaxed workers showed low levels.
Aziz, Shahnaz; Wuensch, Karl L.; and Brandon, Howard R.
"A Comparison Among Worker Types Using a Composites Approac h and Median Splits,"
The Psychological Record: Vol. 60
, Article 6.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/tpr/vol60/iss4/6