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Abstract

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.

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