Edith Cowan University
In response to the technological innovations of the present era there has been a blurring of the frontier between work and personal life. For this reason there has been a rise in workaholism amongst employees in managerial and professional occupations. Workaholism literature is engrossed with its common associated negative outcomes, arguing for a preoccupation with materialistic rewards being one cause for this. The present study aims to explore the possibility that outcomes of workaholism pertain to the underlying motive of workaholism and these are not necessarily negative. Results indicated that autonomous motivation fully mediated the relationship between workaholism and job satisfaction, and partially mediated that between workaholism and burnout; suggesting that regardless of their nature of working, if motivated by an internal desire, workaholics are able to experience greater job satisfaction and lower levels of burnout.