School of Economics and Management, Taiyuan Normal University, Taiyuan, China
Balancing work and life is a significant concern for university teachers, as the demands of their profession often encroach upon personal life, leading to negative impacts on well-being and overall job satisfaction. This paper aims to explore the issues faced by university teachers in balancing their work and life and propose solution strategies to alleviate these challenges. The paper begins by examining the various factors that contribute to the imbalance, such as heavy workloads, long working hours, and limited support systems. It then delves into the consequences of this imbalance, including increased stress, burnout, and strained personal relationships. The next section presents several solution strategies at individual, institutional, and societal levels. At the individual level, time management techniques, stress reduction practices, and boundary-setting strategies can help teachers achieve a healthier work-life balance. Institutional solutions involve implementing flexible work policies, reducing administrative burdens, and providing resources for professional development and support. Society-wide changes, such as recognizing the value of work-life balance and creating a culture that supports it, can also contribute to alleviating these issues. The paper concludes by emphasizing the importance of collaboration between individuals, institutions, and society in achieving a harmonious work and life for university teachers. By addressing these issues and embracing the proposed strategies, university teachers can enhance their well-being, job satisfaction, and ultimately provide better educational experiences for their students.
work-life balance, university teachers, challenges, solution strategies
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