But it has been busy, and getting busier. Stress and anxiety are now reaching critical levels at post-secondary institutions everywhere — for both students and faculty. Academics at every career stage are searching for ways to improve their quality of life.
Thankfully though, ‘health and wellness’ has become the new slogan demanding increasing attention in virtually every segment of society — including where I work. Earlier this year, my university principal added his signature to the ‘Okanagan Charter’ — a formal commitment to embedding health and wellness in campus culture.
It seems to me that this represents de facto endorsement for some sensible adjustments in academia for scaling down conventional work hours — to something perhaps more typical of the ‘standard’ work week: 40 hours (including the ‘lunch hour’).
For now at least, my colleagues at work are probably more likely than in the past to hear me say: “Sounds good, and I’d like to be involved with that, ... but — sorry — there just aren’t enough hours in the day!”