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Educator’s Experiences of Managing Workplace Stress and Burnout in a Post-Secondary Vocational Institution

Authors: Luke Mallia Azzopardi, ,
  • Institute: Institute of Community Services
  • Symposium: Social Well-being, Sports and Health
  • Day: 2 , Session: 1 , Location: Conference Hall 2
  • Session Type: Short 10 min (Early stage research) , Start: 10:30 , End: 10:45

Abstract

The research title pertaining to this study is “Educator’s Experiences of Managing Workplace Stress and Burnout in a Post-Secondary Vocational Institution”. The research questions driving this study are “what stressors do you encounter at your place of work” and “what coping mechanisms do you use to mitigate workplace stress”. The methodology which was deemed most suitable to conduct this study is Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) (Smith, 1990). A cornerstone of IPA is the search for participants ‘lived experience’ and consequently bringing the ‘essence of their experience ‘ to light (Smith, Flowers & Larkin, 2009). A total of five lecturers from three different institutes were recruited purposively yet voluntarily, to sit for one individual, in depth semi-structured interview. The data collected from the interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. The two superordinate themes of ‘Stressors’ and ‘Coping mechanisms’, together with their respective subthemes, were chosen as best able to represent the participants’ experience.

Key words: Workplace stressors, Burnout, Coping mechanisms, Resilience, Mental health, Wellbeing, Interpretative phenomenological research