Effort-reward imbalance and overcommitment in lawyers


High-skilled white-collar workers showed greater overcommitment than low-skilled workers and reported higher levels of perceived effort (Lau, 2008). Overcommitment is described as a specific trait pattern of coping with demands that is characterized by elements of type A behavior (Tei-Tominaga et al., 2009). Lawyers are highly skilled professionals associated with type A behavior. They might represent a group of professionals that tend to experience overcommitment because of personality and work characteristics inherent to lawyers. Approximately half of the respondents in a survey of Australian lawyers perceived that for them effort was greater than the corresponding reward (Chan, Poynton, & Bruce, 2014). Higher levels of effort-reward imbalance and overcommitment were associated with higher levels of depression and stress.