Combining Effects of Workaholism and Work Engagement at the Sub-dimensional Levels: A Latent Profile Analysis

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Gieun Nam
Sunhee Lee


The constructs of workaholism and work engagement share commonalities as both tend to invest a lot of energy in work. However, they are also known to have opposite consequences for individuals’ well-being and organizational effectiveness. Considering the fact that both workaholism and work engagement are defined as multidimensional constructs, this study argues that analyses at sub-dimensional levels would provide a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the interplay between the two constructs and their consequences. Accordingly, the current study conducted a series of latent profile analyses on sub-dimensions of workaholism and work engagement using two independent samples of Korean workers. The results revealed four latent profiles based on combinations of different levels of workaholism and work engagement: “the engaged workaholics”; “the workaholic”; “the engaged”; and “the disengaged”. Further, the profile membership predicted different levels of emotional exhaustion, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and contextual performance. The findings provide insights into not only their combined effects on individual well-being and organizational effectiveness but also the characteristics of each construct.


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Nam, G., & Lee, S. (2023). Combining Effects of Workaholism and Work Engagement at the Sub-dimensional Levels: A Latent Profile Analysis. Korean Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 36(1), 67–86. Retrieved from
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