Impact of organisational growth on employee wellbeing in a private higher education institution

Kurt Anthony Ross Lalloo, Natasha Khamisa, Jeanette Maritz, Retha Visagie

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    Many organisations experiencing rapid growth continue to place immense pressure on their employees to adapt to occurring changes, thereby compromising their wellbeing. Difficulty adapting to these changes can be stressful and may lead to burnout and illness. The purpose of this study was to explore teaching and administrative staff members perceptions of organisational growth and how it impacts on their wellbeing. Twelve employees from various departments within the chosen higher education institution participated in semi-structured interviews. Three major themes were identified using thematic analysis. Participants perceived organisational growth as having four dimensions (structural, human capital, curriculum and personal growth) and being dichotomous (positive and negative). In line with previous research, negative perceptions of organisational growth were associated with poorer wellbeing of employees in this study. Suggested strategies to address the needs of employees and promote wellbeing included training employees to cope, ensuring better communication and introducing wellness programmes. In recognising that poor wellbeing of employees may compromise productivity, lead to high turnover and create toxicity within the workplace, it is important for organisations experiencing growth to ensure that appropriate strategies are in place to assist employees in coping while maintaining a healthy wellbeing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12 - 22
    Number of pages11
    JournalAfrican Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance
    Issue numberSupplement 1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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