Stressed employee working late

Intrapersonal misbehaviour

Intrapersonal misbehaviour is one of the ways that organisational behaviour manifests.

It focuses on when individual employees choose to abuse themselves at work and consist of things like workplace problem drinking, drug/substance abuse (tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs) and workaholic behaviour (Lukasc, Negoescu and David 2009).

The inclusion of workaholism as a manifestation of misbehaviour could come as a surprise to you but it is also one of the ways in which some individuals may choose to ‘abuse’ themselves at work by exaggerating the role work plays in their lives. Such over-commitment and over-involvement could denote a form of addictive behaviour (Andreassen, Pallesen and Torsheim 2018).

Your task

Read the article Workaholism as a Mediator between Work-Related Stressors and Health Outcomes by Andreassen, Pallesen and Torsheim (2018).

Do you agree with the writers and the outcomes of the research? Why?

Do you think ‘workaholism’ should be seen as a manifestation of intrapersonal misbehaviour?

Join the discussion to share your thoughts.


Andreassen, C., Pallesen, S., and Torsheim, T. (2018) ‘Workaholism as a Mediator between Work-Related Stressors and Health Outcomes’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health [online] 15 (1), 73. available from: [7 September 2018]

Lukasc, E., Negoescu, G., and David, S. (2009) ‘Employees Misbehaviour: Formes, Causes and what Management should do to Handle it’. The Annals of ‘Dunarea de Jos’ University of Galati [online] available from [5 July 2018]

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An Introduction to Organisational Behaviour: How to Understand Your People

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