Exploring the relationship between Role Stressors, Health Issues & Burnout; Points to ponder for HEIs

Syed Gohar Abbas, Alain ROGER, Irfan Saleem, Muhammad Ali Asadullah


Because of the mushroom growth in higher education institutions, higher competition for rankings and performance pressures round the clock, academic staff nowadays play many other roles besides their traditional roles of teaching and research. Because of being engaged in multiple roles in competitve environment, it has been found that faculty members constantly face stress and burnout. This exploratory research (basically quantitative in nature) mainly focuses on the impact of various organizational role stressors on job related stress, general stress and burnout among teaching faculty in a university of Pakistan (n=80). The role stressors which showed significant impact on general stress, job related stress and burnout include role ambiguity, resource inadequacy, role conflict and role overload, role stagnation, inter-role distance and self-role distance. However role ambiguity and role stagnation showed strongest impact on some dimensions of stress and burnout. Some demographic factors such as marital status, gender and experience proved to have negligible impact on faculty stress and burnout.


Organizational Role Stressors, Job Stress, General Stress, Burnout, HEIs, Health


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