Understanding the wellness needs of academic employees at a higher education institution in the Western Cape
Jasson, Frances Lilian
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Higher education institutions (HEIs) worldwide are faced with complex changes and challenges. Employees at these institutions are also faced with even greater demands and obstacles. Academics often work under pressure and fail to achieve balance in their work and other life activities as they strive to meet their job demands. As a result, the academic employee’s well-being may suffer. As the job demands of academics escalate, the level of support and other resources that academics receive appears to decline. Other resources include staffing, support from management, and spaces and places for wellness. When such support is limited or missing, the ensuing stress, burnout, and ill health affect the well-being of academics. Therefore, it is important for universities to invest in a holistic wellness programme formulated specifically to meet the needs of their employees.