The Australian University Staff
Work, Digital Stress and Wellbeing Survey report

The Australian University Staff: Work, Digital Stress and Wellbeing Survey report is now available for download.

This data-driven visual report is compiled to present four years (2020 – 2023) of surveys from Australian universities, revealing a picture of workplace climate for worker psychological health and wellbeing. The report introduces and presents the key metrics by which individual and workplace conditions can be assessed. Included are detailed breakdown of survey data for aspects such as email overload, emotional exhaustion, work pressure, creativity, psychological distress and over 40 other measures. This report features a detailed breakdown of responses per question.

In many ways and metrics, the university sector is letting its staff down. From 6291 responses collected over four years, many are in conditions that are harmful to their wellbeing. The aggregated results suggest a sector performing below national benchmarks for Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC), a long-standing measure and predictor of workplace psychosocial conditions and wellbeing.

As part of the analysis, the report includes correlations of measures with emotional exhaustion and engagement. The survey indicates emotional exhaustion increasing and engagement falling throughout the four-year period. A table with the top-correlated measures is included to show which other factors relate to these key measures of workplace wellbeing.

There are many more aspects analysed, and we invite you to explore the more than 60 pages of visualisations of the data.

This is a static version of an interactive dashboard. Versions of this report breaking down statistics by particular demographic information (e.g. by gender, work role, university type etc.) can be made by request after consultation. Uploading an interactive version of the report is planned for the near future. This version will support live filtering by the report user, allowing for a deeper level of statistical reporting than is usually available.

We hope that this report will help to play a role in understanding of the conditions of our university staff, in order to realise a sector with workplace wellbeing at its core.

We give special thanks to the respondents of this lengthy survey and helping to make this project possible.

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To cite this report: Neser, D., Lushington, K., Zadow, A., Potter, R., Parkin, A., Richter, S., Pignata, S., Afsharian, A., Bakker, A., Dollard, M.F. (2023). Work, Digital Stress and Wellbeing Survey Report.