Sup­port act

THE (Times Higher Education) - - LETTERS -

Work-re­lated stress in the con­text of “non-aca­demic” and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port roles could be ad­dressed more aptly in the “global work-life bal­ance sur­vey” (“Get a life? No time for that!”, Fea­tures, 8 Fe­bru­ary).

In fact, the at­ti­tudes within in­sti­tu­tions of treat­ing such staff as sec­ond-class cit­i­zens were not ad­e­quately cap­tured in the ar­ti­cle (per­haps be­cause such ob­ser­va­tions would still need to be val­i­dated by aca­demics). Mean­while, the peo­ple who hold both aca­demic and ad­min­is­tra­tive roles are fur­ther alien­ated. Most of the work stress is passed on to in­sti­tu­tions’ sec­ond-class cit­i­zens. The first step to­wards achiev­ing a bal­ance is within the work it­self. The life part of the bal­anc­ing act would prob­a­bly then fol­low. dnssku­mar

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