Regular stress levels
Staff were asked “In a typical week, how often do you feel stressed at work?” Nearly half (42%) said they experienced stress slightly or not at all often, 35% said they were stressed moderately often and 23% said they were extremely stressed or experienced stress very often.
Staff who reported feeling stressed only slightly or not at all during a typical week (42%) mentioned features of an emotionally healthy work environment for themselves, involving: good collegial relationships, a manageable workload, not too many children and good staffing ratios with colleagues who were qualified teachers.
Some worked part-time or had reduced their work hours to better manage - or not become affected by stress. And some believed their personality and attitude provided a buffer and helped them to cope perhaps better than some of the colleagues did.
Chief causes of daily stress were relationships with co-workers and bosses, carrying the workload for other staff, lack of breaks and time-off, challenging children, inadequate staffing for the number of children, not feeling able to meet expectations, constant tiredness, and trying to combine work with study.