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Aziz, Shahnaz Program Director, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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My primary research interest lies in the area of workaholism. Workaholism is a popular term used to describe individuals who are captivated by work. Ever since the term workaholic was first coined over 30 years ago to refer to an individual whose increased need to work hinders one or more life functions, it has become a colloquial term used increasingly in the popular press, on websites, and in the scientific literature. The philosophy of squeezing more of everything into a single 24-hour day has become an accepted way of life. In fact, working excessive hours is often seen as a prerequisite for success. As a result, it appears that some individuals may find it difficult to release themselves from work, even when they are given the opportunity to do so. Even though the term workaholism has become commonplace, there has been little empirical research examining what it means when someone is referred to as a “workaholic.” The extant research, though limited, supports the notion that workaholism is an important construct that warrants further empirical research.

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