Insecure academics feel the pressure

first_imgJob insecurity is the most significant source of stress among universitylecturers, tutors and others working in higher education, a study hasconcluded. The survey of 3,800 academic and non-academic staff in 14 higher educationinstitutions had found the decline of tenure positions and the increasingprevalence of short-term or fixed-contract work had sent stress levels soaring.Whereas the normal population reported a figure of 5.5 out of 10 when itcame to measuring stress, compared with a mean figure for higher education,this rose to nine out of 10. Michelle Tytherleigh, a research fellow at the University of Plymouth, whocarried out the study, said: “Higher education staff were much morestressed by their working relationships, loss of control and lack of resourcesand communication.” “They reported significantly lower levels of commitment both from andto their organisation. Commitment is a good moderator of stress levels. Theywere satisfied with their work environment, but they lacked commitment,”she added. Lecturers and other staff no longer felt valued or respected by theirorganisations and felt they lack autonomy, she argued. Universities needed to work at improving job security, valuing their staffand providing better support where people were reporting they were highlystressed, Tytherleigh suggested. Insecure academics feel the pressureOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more