TH-P01-040-interactive - A high workload as a threat to sustainable employability of employees in vocational education

Track:
Work stressors
What:
Interactive Poster Presentation
When:
1 hour 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Employee stress and burnout
Work stressors
TH-P01-040-interactive
A high workload as a threat to sustainable employability of employees in vocational education
K. Cleef, N. Hoefsmit 1,*
1Open Universiteit, Heerlen, Netherlands
 
Content: Purpose: Prolonged work pressure can contribute to burnout. We do not yet know the degree to which employees in vocational education experience work pressure and how their experiences can be understood. The Job-Demands Resources (JD-R) model provides a framework for studying these topics. Design/Methodology: A qualitative study was performed based on 11 in-depth interviews with teachers (5) and supporting personnel (6) in a Dutch organization for vocational education. Participants were recruited with help of the chairman of the organization's works council and two other internal contact persons. An interpretative approach was used to analyze the interviews.Results: Both teachers and supporting personnel generally experienced work pressure, varying from ‘not too high’ to ‘very high'. A considerable part of them experienced stress-related health complaints. Some reported a turnover intention. A job demand underlying the work pressure was workload. In addition, multiple employees reported emotional demands, for example because of supporting students with special educational needs. Factors such as job autonomy and support by colleagues were considered job resources that can help to control- or cope with workload. Generally, employees possessed some resources and a part of them reported to lack others.Limitations: Limitations include that interviews were conducted in one organization. Research implications: Further research is needed to study whether employees in other organizations for vocational education experience similar issues that need intervention. Originality/Value: To our knowledge, this is the first study to show that in vocational education, not just teachers but also supporting personnel experiences work pressure and underlying factors.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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