Business Risk Workaholism

Management challenges and action guidelines for professional practice

by Ulrike Emma Meißner (Author)
©2018 Monographs 142 Pages


The business risk that workaholism presents is an underestimated risk in companies and human resources management, which can develop into an existential threat to a business. In this empirical study, for the first time in German-speaking countries, workaholics were asked about their addiction indices and their effects on companies. In addition, operational influences were researched to determine their ability to cause or promote work addiction. A detailed risk analysis illustrates the risk potential of workaholism and its management challenges. The practice-oriented action guide shows opportunities to identify workaholics and gives managers pragmatic recommendations for action. Therefore, the challenges of workaholism can be faced in everyday business life.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • Citability of the eBook
  • Foreword
  • Contents
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • List of abbreviations
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Theoretical background of workaholism
  • 2.1 Differentiation between addiction and workaholism
  • 2.2 Types of workaholism
  • 2.2.1 Types according to Robinson
  • 2.2.2 Types according to Fassel
  • 2.3 Characteristics of workaholism
  • 2.4 Symptoms, phases and progression of the addiction
  • 3 Human resources risk management in regard to workaholism
  • 3.1 Definition of human resources risks
  • 3.2 Further human resources risks
  • 3.3 Human resources risks associated with workaholism and the effects on business
  • 3.3.1 Risk potential of compulsive/relentless workaholics and binge/bulimic workaholics
  • 3.3.2 Risk potential in other types of workaholism
  • 3.4 Human resources risks associated with workaholism and the effects on human resources
  • 3.4.1 Human resources risks in regard to colleagues and co-workers
  • 3.4.2 Human resources risks in regard to the workaholic
  • 3.5 Concluding discussion
  • 4 Empirical assessment
  • 4.1 Research concept
  • 4.1.1 Defining objectives and determining indicators
  • 4.1.2 Target group identification and sample size
  • 4.1.3 List of theses, questionnaire and data analysis
  • 4.2 Empirical data analysis
  • 4.2.1 Indications of workaholism
  • 4.2.2 Operational influences on the development or promotion of workaholism
  • 4.2.3 Operational consequences of workaholism - self assessment
  • 4.2.4 Summary and conclusion of the empirical research outcomes
  • 5 Risk analysis on the basis of research results
  • 5.1 Risk analysis of workaholic behaviour traits
  • 5.2 Risk analysis of workaholism symptoms
  • 5.3 Risk analysis of operational influences on the development or promotion of workaholism
  • 6 Actions guidelines
  • 6.1 Possibilities for risk analysis of workaholism in companies
  • 6.1.1 Employee surveys and personnel information talk
  • 6.1.2 Work-Ability-Index and Work Addiction Risk Test
  • 6.1.3 Analysis of work absences and fluctuation, assessing management executives and employees
  • 6.1.4 Recommendation for the operational approach of a workaholism risk analysis
  • 6.2 Recommendations for action for management
  • 7 Summary and outlook
  • Bibliography


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2018 (October)
Human Resources Risks Addiction Workaholics Risk identification Human resources instruments work addiction
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2018. 142 pp., 16 fig. b/w, 22 tables

Biographical notes

Ulrike Emma Meißner (Author)

Ulrike Emma Meißner worked in Germany many years as Senior HR Manager in an international environment and most recently held the professorship for "Human Resources Management" at the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe. Today she is an International HR Consultant & Trainer active in Europe and New Zealand.


Title: Business Risk Workaholism