The Antecedents of Thriving at Work: A Meta-Analytic Review


The article titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on Work-Life Balance, Job Satisfaction, and Well-Being Among Academic Faculty in Higher Education Institutions: A Systematic Review” explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on work-life balance, job satisfaction, and well-being among academic faculty in higher education institutions. The review analyzes 39 studies conducted between 2020 and 2021.

Key takeaways for HR leaders:

1. Increased workload and blurred boundaries: The pandemic has led to an increased workload for academic faculty, with the boundaries between work and personal life becoming blurred. HR leaders should acknowledge this and provide support to ensure work-life balance.

2. Remote work challenges: Remote work has presented challenges such as technological issues, lack of social interaction, and difficulties in managing time and tasks. HR leaders should address these challenges by providing necessary resources, training, and opportunities for social interaction.

3. Mental health concerns: The pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health of academic faculty, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and burnout. HR leaders should prioritize mental health support and provide access to resources such as counseling and wellness programs.

4. Flexibility and autonomy: The ability to have flexibility and autonomy in work arrangements has been crucial for job satisfaction and well-being during the pandemic. HR leaders should consider implementing flexible work policies and practices to support faculty members.

5. Communication and support: Effective communication and support from HR leaders and institutions have been vital in maintaining job satisfaction and well-being. HR leaders should ensure clear and regular communication, provide resources, and address concerns and challenges faced by faculty members.

Overall, HR leaders should prioritize work-life balance, mental health support, flexibility, effective communication, and support to ensure the well-being and job satisfaction of academic faculty during and beyond the pandemic.