Liverpool NUT

WorkLife Balance.

As we return to school for a new academic year the NUT office is already becoming aware that members are showing signs of stress.  Stress is frequently caused by workplace matters including excessive workload, pupil behaviour, poor communication and conflict at work.  The  often goes unrecognised and unaddressed, but can lead to mental illness, anxiety, depression, withdrawl, poor communication, insomnia, low self-estime, increased dependency on drugs or alcohol and deteriorating personal relations.

The Teacher Support Network has stated recently that teacher suicides have doubled every year since 2008, and are currently 30% above the national average for various professions.

 

What can you do to help yourself?

 

Do you have a Worklife Balance policy in school?

 

Key Aims of a Work-Life Balance Policy

 

ยท                   To acknowledge that staff need to balance work commitments with other aspects of their life

       and to assist in this process so that staff can achieve their best at work and manage other

       areas of their life effectively.

  •   To help address the problem of excessive workload among teachers
  • To recognise that long working hours have a negative impact on all families, as well as teaching and learning.
  •  To benefit the school and its employees.
  • To acknowledge the need for management, governors, employees and trade unions to work together to identify realistic solutions to improve work-life balance.
  • To make employees feel valued and to foster mutual respect.
  • To acknowledge that the needs of both the school and its staff will change over time.
  • To reduce physical and mental ill health of staff.
  • To communicate good practice to staff on a regular basis so that they are reminded of the provisions from which they can benefit as and when their circumstances change.
  • To operate in a fair and consistent manner.  It is important that work-life balance is not
  • simply viewed as a benefit for working parents but as a way of organising work so that all staff have a life outside school, which could include learning, sporting, leisure or other interests.  Other staff, for example those with caring responsibilities for disabled or elderly relatives, should not feel that a good work-life balance approach simply favours those with children.  Staff who do not have children must not automatically be expected to assume the workload of working parents who have been granted leave of absence.  This would be unfair and would generate resentment and division among staff.

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