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Slippery rock Gazette
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 Workaholism or Work Lover?
Windshield Mutant Ninja Turtle
 ITis not unusual for rocks and other debris to crash through a windshield and injure a driver or passenger — but
a turtle?
A 71-year-old woman riding with her daughter on Florida’s Interstate 95 suffered a gashed forehead one Wednesday when a turtle smashed through the windshield of their car, striking her in the head, the Daytona Beach News- Journal reports.
The daughter pulled over and got help from another motorist. According to a 911 recording, both were surprised by what they found.
“There is a turtle in there,” the man can be overheard saying.
“A turtle!” the daugh- ter exclaimed. “An actual turtle?”
The gash drew a lot of blood, but the woman was not seriously hurt. The turtle was likely cross- ing the interstate and got knocked into the air by another vehicle.
“I swear to God this lady has the worst luck of anything,” the daughter told the 911 operator as she tended to her injured mother.
The turtle, on the other hand, had the best luck of anything — it just had a few scratches on its shell and was released back into the nearby woods, Port Orange police offi- cer Andre Fleming said.
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• Achievement oriented.
This is also positively related to physical and psychological health, in addition to job and life satisfaction and job per- formance. This indi- vidual has a speculative character and the spirit of an entrepreneur. There is a willingness and motiva- tion to wait for rewards, a forward look to profes- sional growth at any cost, and a lot of patience to deal with questions and competitiveness.
We can see by the above characteristics and worka- holic patterns that there is a definitive line between an over-worker or “work- lover” and a workaholic. Those who love the work they do feel pleasure in their
job and know how to man- age their time. Work is not seen as a punishment or burden, even if it is in ex- cess, but rather an opportu- nity to leverage and develop their career. The work- lover also shows pleasure in sharing achievements and demonstrates positive team learning. The workaholic dedicates himself exclu- sively to his work, neglect- ing his personal and social life, whereas the work-lover can manage his time and ef- fort between work and so- cial life.
As suggested in the begin- ning, a workaholic may be considered an asset to your organization, however, the harmful effects of worka- holism on an individual’s life can be an important con- sideration, we can help a workaholic manage
by developing a work life
balance while keeping a busy schedule. If we have an employee who struggles with delegating tasks, ap- pears to have control issues, and does not work well on team projects, we may need to pay closer attention to this individual. Maybe it is not about the work, but rather an underlying personal is- sue for the individual that is being reflected in his work behavior. By understand- ing the characteristics and patterns of a workaholic we can be cognizant of our em- ployees work behavior and help them manage their job in a positive way so they can take the time needed to deal with the personal issue they are masking with their job.
There is a plethora of scholarly, peer-reviewed studies available on worka- holism. If you are interested in more information on this topic, you can search Pro- Quest and other research sites. Researched informa- tion for this article is from the following sources.
Oates, W. (1971). Confes- sions of a Workaholic: The facts about work addiction. World, New York, NY.
Salanova, M., Del Libano, M., Llorens, S., & Schaufe- li, W. (2007). Engaged, workaholic, burned-out or just 9-to-5? Toward a typol- ogy of employee well-being. Stress Health, 30 (71-81). doi 10.1002/smi.2499
Scott, K. S., Moore, K. S., and Micelli, M. P. (1997). An exploration of the meaning and consequences of worka- holism. Human Relations, 50, (287-314).
Spence, J. T., and Robbins, A. S. (1992). Workaholism, definition, measurement and preliminary results. Journal of Personality Assessment, 58 (160-78).
Cheryl is the CEO of Prestige Countertops & Services, Inc. Contact her at cmoore2@ .
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