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FIRST GLOBAL COMPARISON OF STRESS LEVELS IN DIFFERENT HIGHER EDUCATION SECTORS PDF Stampa E-mail

The first global comparison of stress levels in different higher education sectors suggests that the world’s happiest researchers are to be found in Germany, while scholars working in China feel the greatest strain.
Roland Persson, professor of educational psychology at Sweden’s Jönköping University, created the ranking by analysing 91 articles, literature reviews and national surveys on workplace stress covering 34 countries. Germany’s success in generating high staff morale and strong job satisfaction among academics can be attributed to the country’s relative lack of a performance management culture, says Professor Persson. Canada, Denmark, Finland and Malaysia are also judged to be relatively stress-free sectors by Professor Persson, whose research is due to be published in a book later this year. According to the study, “The management and mismanagement of academic staff worldwide”, China’s universities are the most stressful largely because of the pressures faced by female academics, who receive little help in juggling academic and personal commitments. The UK and Australia are ranked mid-table in Professor Persson’s assessment, coming ahead of Russia and Pakistan but behind the US, Japan, the Netherlands and Singapore on well-being. Several other countries, including Iran, Turkey, Uganda, Greece and Portugal, are also deemed to have more pleasant work environments than the UK and Australia, which are placed in the same stress-level category as France, India, Mexico and Spain.
(Fonte: J. Grove, www.timeshighereducation.com/news 04-05-17)