Background and objective
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the everyday professional life of teaching staff. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of the pandemic on teachers’ emotional exhaustion and job satisfaction.

Methods
A sample of 2531 school administrators and teachers from North Rhine-Westphalia was recruited in October 2020. Changes in emotional exhaustion during the pandemic were directly measured with nine items of the Maslach Burnout Inventory and changes in job satisfaction with six items. Adjusted regression models were used to determine risk and protective factors associated with changes in emotional exhaustion and job satisfaction.

Results
Risk factors associated with both more frequently perceived symptoms of exhaustion and reduced job satisfaction were as follows: the additional workload during the pandemic, the stress of uncertainty, the perceived change in workload, concerns about the students, and being employed at an elementary school. A supportive school environment was associated with both fewer perceived symptoms of exhaustion and stable job satisfaction.

Discussion
From the perspective of the teaching staff, the COVID-19 pandemic was related to subjective changes in emotional exhaustion and job satisfaction. The COVID-19 pandemic was associated with higher emotional exhaustion for more than half of the teaching staff and with reduced job satisfaction for one in five teachers. Due to the study design, causal conclusions are not possible.
Translated title of the contributionEmotional exhaustion and job satisfaction among teaching staff during the COVID-19 pandemic
Original languageGerman
JournalBundesgesundheitsblatt
Volume65
Issue number7-8
Pages (from-to)776-783
ISSN1436-9990
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07.2022
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    Research areas

  • Professional competencies of pre-school and school teachers - Demands, Resources, Teaching staff, COVID-19 pandemic, Protective and risk factors

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