ERIC Number: ED399987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Avoiding Faculty Burnout through the Wellness Approach.
Burnout affects all professions but tends to be more pervasive in the human service occupations such as education. Symptoms include dissatisfaction, negativism, boredom, unpreparedness, testiness, frequent illness, forgetfulness, depression, and tiredness. The wellness approach can lessen or prevent burnout in a community college setting. Centered upon the idea of individuals taking responsibility for their own health status, the approach encompasses the management of time, people, space and physical well-being. Instructors have the responsibility to determine if their teaching is being affected by burnout through regularly completing self-assessments of personal and professional strengths, limitations, and skill areas and recognizing sources of excessive stress. Once negative conditions are identified, faculty should seek ways to prevent or diminish them by achieving and maintaining a balance among their spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Finally, specific suggestions for managing time, space, people, and health include keeping weekly schedules of things to do, organizing classroom space and materials to reflect a stress-free environment, developing a cooperative spirit in personal interactions through the sharing of ideas and decisions, and eating well and exercising regularly. Time management and strategy charts for avoiding burnout are included. Diet and exercise tips for avoiding burnout are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 26-28, 1996).