Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector
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Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Silvia Pignata

This timely Handbook addresses the concepts of stress and well-being among workers in various public sector roles and occupations across the globe. Emphasizing the importance of well-being and stress prevention initiatives in ever-changing workplace environments, this Handbook highlights successful organizational initiatives and provides insight into best practice for promoting healthy employees and workplaces. Containing contributions from leading international experts in their respective fields, the contributors hope that this multi-disciplinary Handbook will help to enhance the health and well-being of public sector employees.
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Chapter 20: Stress in Australian universities: initiatives to enhance well-being

Silvia Pignata


In Australian universities, increasing levels of job-related stress and high workloads can affect employees’ health and well-being and are likely to have direct consequences on recruiting and retaining high-quality academics, the teaching of future professionals, and the university sector’s growth in national and international markets. As theory and evidence regarding investigations of job stress in universities is incomplete in several ways, this chapter details the results of longitudinal and cross-sectional research on job stress and well-being, and reports on organizational and individual interventions to address job stress. The implications of this research are presented and several avenues for future research are highlighted. Well-being initiatives taken by both management and employees are of interest to the community as well as governments, union groups, and employers in both public and private sectors.

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