A life beyond work? job demands, work-life balance, and wellbeing in UK academics

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/294144
Title:
A life beyond work? job demands, work-life balance, and wellbeing in UK academics
Authors:
Jones, Fiona; Kinman, Gail
Abstract:
Research findings from several countries suggest that academic work has become comparatively stressful, with potentially serious consequences for the workforce and the quality of higher education. This article reports the findings of a study that examined work demands, work-life balance and wellbeing in UK academic staff. Job demands and levels of psychological distress were high and working during evenings and weekends was commonplace. Most academics surveyed, however, were at least moderately satisfied with their jobs. Work-life balance was generally poor and most respondents wished for more separation between their work and home lives. Academics who reported more work-life conflict and perceived a greater discrepancy between their present and ideal levels of work-life integration tended to be less healthy, less satisfied with their jobs, and more likely to have seriously considered leaving academia. On the whole, academics that perceived more control over their work, more schedule flexibility and more support from their institutions had a better work-life balance. These factors, however, failed to moderate the relationship between work demands and perceptions of conflict between work and home.
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Bedfordshire; School of Psychology, University of Leeds
Citation:
Kinman, G., & Jones, F. (2008) 'A life beyond work? Job demands, work-life balance, and wellbeing in UK academics', Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 17(1-2), 41-60.
Publisher:
Haworth Medical Press
Journal:
Journal of human behavior in the social environment
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/294144
DOI:
10.1080/10911350802165478
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10911350802165478#.UcAu9Oe-o0E
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1091-1359
Appears in Collections:
Research Centre for Applied Psychology

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorJones, Fionaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKinman, Gailen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-18T08:49:03Z-
dc.date.available2013-06-18T08:49:03Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationKinman, G., & Jones, F. (2008) 'A life beyond work? Job demands, work-life balance, and wellbeing in UK academics', Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 17(1-2), 41-60.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1091-1359-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10911350802165478-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/294144-
dc.description.abstractResearch findings from several countries suggest that academic work has become comparatively stressful, with potentially serious consequences for the workforce and the quality of higher education. This article reports the findings of a study that examined work demands, work-life balance and wellbeing in UK academic staff. Job demands and levels of psychological distress were high and working during evenings and weekends was commonplace. Most academics surveyed, however, were at least moderately satisfied with their jobs. Work-life balance was generally poor and most respondents wished for more separation between their work and home lives. Academics who reported more work-life conflict and perceived a greater discrepancy between their present and ideal levels of work-life integration tended to be less healthy, less satisfied with their jobs, and more likely to have seriously considered leaving academia. On the whole, academics that perceived more control over their work, more schedule flexibility and more support from their institutions had a better work-life balance. These factors, however, failed to moderate the relationship between work demands and perceptions of conflict between work and home.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHaworth Medical Pressen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10911350802165478#.UcAu9Oe-o0E-
dc.subjectacademic stressen_GB
dc.subjectjob demandsen_GB
dc.subjectwork-life balanceen_GB
dc.titleA life beyond work? job demands, work-life balance, and wellbeing in UK academicsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychology, University of Bedfordshireen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Psychology, University of Leedsen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of human behavior in the social environmenten_GB
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