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ERIC Number: EJ853236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
Workaholism: Praised or the Plague of School Administrators?
McKay, Jack
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v1 n2 p6-9 Sum 2004
Workaholism is defined as an obsessive-compulsive disorder that manifests itself through self-imposed demands, an inability to regulate work habits and an over indulgence in work to the exclusion of normal life activities. The term is similar to alcoholism because the two addictions are believed to have common behavior patterns. The subject of workaholism is somewhat neglected as an area of serious concern by school administrators and school board members because it is difficult to define and is often considered an asset rather than a liability. In the health profession, workaholism is the best-dressed mental-health problem of the leadership and managerial professions. This article shows that workaholism, the addiction to work, is a disease that inhibits school leadership efforts, ruins promising professional careers and usually is harmful to colleagues as well as immediate family members. In this article, the author points out some strategies in coping with this problem. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A