Occupational stress as it relates to higher education, individuals and organizations

Maria Michailidis, Andreas Asimenos

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This study examined through survey research methodology the degree to which, faculty, administrators and program coordinators, working in higher education, experience stress at work. The Occupational Stress Indicator was used, composed of four compound factors: sources of occupational stress, individual characteristics, coping strategies and the effects of stress. Preliminary findings showed that occupational stress has a negative impact on the degree of satisfaction with their achievement, value and growth, being strongest with faculty and coordinators, (dissatisfaction with career opportunities, personal growth, skill utilization). Another significant outcome was the dissatisfaction of faculty with the organizational design, structure and processes (communication, change implementation, motivation, supervision style, participation in decision-making). All possess individual characteristics of the Type A Scale; they all considered major sources of pressure in their jobs to be their relationships with others home/work interface, their need to achieve personal and corporate success. Occupational stress has affected their state of health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-147
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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