A SURVEY OF STRESS AND WELL-BEING AMONG STAFF IN HIGHER EDUCATION
GAIL KINMAN and SIOBHAN WRAY JULY 2013
Summary Introduction Findings 1 2 Biographical information Responses to HSE stress questionnaire Demands Control Manager's support Peer support Relationships Role Change 3 4 5 6 7 Overall perceptions of stress Work-life balance and stress Sickness absence Differences between groups Conclusion 11 12 12 15 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 33 34 36 37 39 3 5
Endnote: Tackling occupational stress References Appendix: The questionnaire Dr Gail Kinman is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. Siobhan Wray is a PhD Researcher at the University of Bedfordshire.
University and College Union (UCU) is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK. www.ucu.org.uk
n Nearly three-quarters of the sample agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I find my job stressful’. More than half indicated that their general level of stress was high or very high, and more than one third said they often or always experienced levels of stress they found unacceptable. Only 2% of the sample reported that they never experienced unacceptable levels of stress at work. n Findings indicate that levels of perceived stress remain high in the higher education sector. In the present survey, the proportion of respondents from higher education who agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I find my job stressful’ was one percentage point lower than that found in a national survey of the sector conducted in 2008. n Working hours remain high in higher education. More than three-quarters of respondents employed on a full-time contract worked over 40 hours a week, and more than one third in excess of 50 hours a week. More than one quarter of the respondents from higher education...