Uni workers taking pandemic hard

COVID-19 has upset everybody but uni staff are taking it hard

Voice Project runs employee employment surveys, including for many universities and has now asked people in 140 organisations across the economy how they are coping with COVID-19.

Early results, from 12 000 staff at eight universities, indicate that HE is doing things hard. Responses include;

* uni staff are 24 per cent below the average for expressing confidence in the future

* there is a 9 per cent lower than average response on whether workloads are manageable

* university staff are also 6 per cent down on the average on thinking they are able to support customers

Drilling down, Voice reports HE people working in student-contact service roles reported responses on work-life balance (5 per cent lower) and involvement (18 per cent) than senior management.