Effects of professional compromise on higher education employees

Fein, Erich C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4119-0130 and Sadykova, Natalia and Collins, Pauline and Beccaria, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9418-4597 and Goh, Steven and Kauter, Kate (2021) Effects of professional compromise on higher education employees. International Journal of Innovative Science and Research Technology, 6 (3). pp. 1047-1055.


Abstract

- Health outcomes are associated with many work stressors in higher education staff. However, the professional compromise stressor, occurring when an individual’s professional standards conflict with workplace requirements, has not been studied in the higher education context. This pilot study contributes to the understanding of professional compromise among higher education employees and its impact on their well-being. Hair cortisol of university staff was measured across two time points in an academic semester. The study found that cortisol level was associated with role clarity, work demands, and perceived stress. Furthermore, after controlling for perceived stress, professional compromise at the beginning of semester was a significant predictor of hair cortisol at the end of semester. This pilot study is the first to establish an effect between professional compromise and cortisol concentrations and the first to investigate cortisol as a stress biomarker in higher education staff. The cortisol levels are discussed relative to chronic stress. The implications for higher education managers, indicate professional compromise is a factor university must understand in attending to workplace wellness. Future directions for further research are outlined.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 04:59
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 05:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, academic employees, professional compromise, cortisol, work-related stress, burnout
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42245

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