US teachers experience job stress twice as high as general workforce: survey – The Hill


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  • The State of the American Teacher and American Principal survey, conducted in January, asked questions about five aspects of well-being.

  • “Two-thirds of the teachers we surveyed said they had taken on additional responsibilities during the pandemic, such as covering classes or taking extra students to their own classrooms due to staff shortages,” the lead author added. .

  • The survey revealed that many teachers struggling with mental health issues did not have access to resources to address them.

According to a new survey from the RAND Corporation, educators in the United States experience work-related stress at twice the rate of the general workforce.

The Survey of the State of the American Teacher and American Principalconducted in January, asked about five aspects of well-being, including frequent work-related stress, ability to cope with work-related stress, burnout and symptoms of depression.

“Two-thirds of the teachers we surveyed said they had taken on additional responsibilities during the pandemic, such as covering classes or taking extra students to their own classrooms due to staff shortages,” Elizabeth D. Steiner, author principal of the report and policy researcher. at Rand, said in a press release.

“Teachers told us that their dedication to working with students kept them in their jobs, even though pandemic conditions made teaching more difficult,” Steiner continued. “The teaching conditions – not the teaching work itself – are what they find stressful.”

The survey revealed that many teachers struggling with mental health issues did not have access to resources to address them. About 20% of principals and 35% of teachers surveyed said they did not have access to employer-provided mental health resources or were unsure if they had access to them.

Teachers of color were more likely than their white peers to report symptoms of depression, and women were more likely than men to report frequent work-related stress.

“For many principals and teachers, the mental health supports available were not helpful or practical or were too limited to meet their needs,” said Sy Doan, co-author and associate policy researcher at RAND. “District leaders must avoid giving the impression of treating wellness as a superficial or short-term issue and offer mental health and wellness supports tailored to the needs of educators.”

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Yet the survey found that teacher wellbeing is directly linked to administrative support at work, while a majority of groups surveyed who work in supportive environments said they plan to stay in their jobs.

The survey’s release follows a recent poll that shows widespread burnout among educators in the workforce, particularly in grades K-12.

A Gallup poll released Monday K-12 workers had the highest burnout rate in the U.S. workforce. Forty-four percent of K-12 workers surveyed said they “always” or “very often” felt burnt out.

The Gallup poll measured the responses of 12,319 respondents polled between February 3 and February 14.

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