Perfectionism and workaholism in employees: The role of work motivation

Stoeber, Joachim and Davis, Charlotte R. and Townley, Jessica (2013) Perfectionism and workaholism in employees: The role of work motivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 55 (7). pp. 733-738. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Even though it has been over 20 years since Spence and Robbins (1992) first showed perfectionism and workaholism to be closely related, the relationship between perfectionism and workaholism is still under-researched. In particular, it has remained unclear why perfectionism is linked to workaholism. Using data from 131 employees, this study—examining self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism—investigated whether intrinsic-extrinsic work motivation could explain the positive relationship between perfectionism and workaholism. Whereas socially prescribed perfectionism was unrelated to workaholism, self-oriented perfectionism showed a positive correlation with workaholism. Furthermore autonomous (integrated and identified regulation) and controlled (introjected and external regulation) work motivation showed positive correlations. However, when all predictors were entered in a regression analysis, only self-oriented perfectionism, identified regulation, and introjected regulation positively predicted workaholism. In addition, a mediation analysis showed that identified and introjected regulation fully mediated the effect of self-oriented perfectionism on workaholism. The findings suggest that high levels of work motivation explain why many self-oriented perfectionists are workaholic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: perfectionism; workaholism; burnout; employees; work; motivation; self-determination theory; multiple mediation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 18:02 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 14:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34044 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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