The downside of organizational identification: Relationships between identification, workaholism and well-being
Employee organizational identification has been proposed and found to be positively related to employee health and well-being. The empirical evidence, however, is not unequivocal, and some authors have suggested possible dark sides of identification. This potential negative effect of over-identification was tested in the present paper for the first time. Across two studies, using cross-sectional (Study 1) and longitudinal (Study 2) survey data, we proposed a curvilinear mediation model with identification curvilinearly predicting workaholism and workaholism, in turn, negatively affecting employee well-being. Results confirmed our hypotheses, and we discuss theoretical and practical implications.
Avanzi, L., van Dick, R., Fraccaroli, F., & Sarchielli, G. (2012). The downside of organizational identification: Relationships between identification, workaholism and well-being. Work & Stress, 26, 289-307.