ERIC Number: ED430477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Workload and Stress in New Zealand Universities. A Follow Up to the 1994 Study.
This follow-up study surveyed members of the Association of University Staff of New Zealand concerning their workload and stress levels and compared findings to a similar survey conducted in 1994. Survey responses (n=1155) were analyzed in terms of employment status, work hours, salary, responsibilities, changes and their impact, stresses and pressures, improvements, and issues. Overall, the situation in 1998 reflects a continuum of responses toward earlier changes and their effects, rather than to new changes bringing new impacts. Changes continue to be more negative than positive for staff; stress effects on staff worsened by 1998, with more staff reporting a work-related illness or injury than in 1994. Most staff reported detrimental rather than improved effects on six aspects of their personal, family, and work lives. Few differences between 1994 and 1998 were found in the following areas: number of hours worked by all groups; employment status of most staff; the continued increase in work demands; continued dissatisfaction with university restructuring, student numbers, and demands; high stress levels of academic staff; dissatisfaction with the time available for research; and dissatisfaction with salaries. Appended are tables detailing responses, the questionnaires used, and sample responses to open-ended questions. (Contains 27 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Workload, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Quality of Working Life, Questionnaires, Stress Variables, Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Universities
New Zealand Council for Educational Research, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.; Association of Univ. Staff of New Zealand, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand