Survey results show need for focus on workplace demands
The results of a new AFT survey on well-being, working conditions and stressors for school support staff and teachers across the country provide much-needed information about sources of stress on the job. The first-of-its-kind, 80-question survey was filled out by more than 30,000 educators and paraeducators.
Among the findings:
- Eighty-seven percent say the demands of their job are at least sometimes interfering with their family life.
- Seventy-eight percent say they are often physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of the day.
- More than 75 percent say they do not have enough staff to get the work done.
- Only 1 in 5 school employees feels respected by government officials or the media.
- Only 14 percent strongly agree with the statement that they trust their administrator or supervisor.
Among the greatest workplace stressors were new initiatives without proper training or professional development, along with mandated curriculum and standardized tests.
After concerns about stress on the job were reported to the Badass Teachers Association (BATs), the survey was designed by a group of members from either the AFT or BATs, and it was reviewed and refined by a workplace stress expert and a professional pollster.
The AFT and BATs now are calling on the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a scientific study that would shed light on the concerns raised in our survey.