Management-led interventions for workplace stress and mental health of academic staff in higher education: A systematic review

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This systematic review focuses on management-led intervention strategies aimed at achieving stable mental wellbeing among academic staff in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by reviewing and synthesising existing literature on varying intervention strategies to managing workplace stress and improving mental health. Twenty-two peer-reviewed articles were identified through databases (PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, Business source complete, Academic search complete) and the application of the PRISMA guideline. A quality check was carried out on the selected articles and a data extraction table was developed to aid the discussion. Although the awareness of mental health is a global issue, there was minimal research evidence in managing stress and mental health among academic staff in HEIs through increased university management involvement. Most HEIs were more focused on corporatisation and student satisfaction while unconsciously neglecting its impact on the wellbeing of academic staff even though universities’ management portray staff welfare as priority. There is limited information measuring the outcome of various management-led mental wellbeing strategies in HEIs. Further research applying more robust study design rather beyond self-reported questionnaires and similar study designs is needed in this area. Establishing routine mental health assessment, effective communication, continuous promotion of existing and available support is imminent to improve the mental wellbeing of academic staff by HEIs management. This is the first systematic review that describes and synthesises the various mental health triggers, including workplace stressors, that affect academic staff in higher education institutions (HEIs) and summarises various possible management intervention strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalJournal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Oct 2020

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