Effect of Stress due to COVID-19 Pandemic on Time Management Skills among University ProfessionalsCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Tarig H Merghani,
Ras Al Khaimah College of Medicine, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health
Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah, Kuzam Road, United Arab Emirates.
Introduction: Time management skills are necessary for professionals to accomplish their goals and succeed in their career. The recent changes in the educational environment that were caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) could be stressful and might affect the structure of faculty work.
Aim: To evaluate the stress level among university personnel during the COVID-19 outbreak and its relation to their time management skills.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional web-based survey was conducted on a sample of 56 university professionals. Each participant filled a google form questionnaire consisting of Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and Time Management Scale (TMS). The results were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0.
Results: A total of 56 responses were received from full-time faculty and staff with 60% response rate. The overall PSS (mean±SD) was 15.29±7.13, indicating a low level of stress among the professionals. The mean TMS of 37.98±7.63 indicates an average time management skills. Significant negative correlation was found between PSS and TMS (r=-0.371, p=0.005). A positive correlation was found between TMS and years of experience (r=0.278, p=0.038). Both PSS and TMS had insignificant association with age, gender and years of experience.
Conclusion: The stress level during the COVID-19 outbreak is relatively low among the University professionals. The TMS has a negative correlation with the PSS; however, it improves with the increase in years of job experience.
Coronavirus disease-2019, Higher education, Job experience, Outbreak, Questionnaire survey
Date of Submission: Jan 27, 2021
Date of Peer Review: Apr 15, 2021
Date of Acceptance: May 14, 2021
Date of Publishing: Aug 01, 2021
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