Work wellness: a prerequisite for effective education in higher education institutions

  • MAJ Olivier Department of Postgraduate Studies and Educational Research Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • MJ de Jager Department of Student Counselling and Development, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • P Grootboom Department of Student Counselling and Development, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • KB Tokota Department of Student Counselling and Development, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Abstract

Global changes in the twenty first century have brought about major challenges for higher education institutions. Many employees at higher education institutions experience these changes as stressors that can impede their professional growth and work wellness. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the experiences of employees of their work wellness at a South African Higher Education Institution. A qualitative research design was used. Participants were included in the research through availability sampling. Data were collected by means of focus group interviews until a point of saturation. Audiotapes of the interviews were transcribed and followed by descriptive data analysis. This article reports the five themes that became evident. Based on the results, recommendations to enhance the growth and wellness of employees in Higher Education are also presented.

South African Journal of Higher Education Vol. 19(5) 2005: 912-930
Published
2006-05-30
Section
Articles

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