Wellbeing in Communication Industries
Maintaining work-life balance has been a continuously challenging issue in communications industries, with some authors raising this issue in the early 2000s (e.g., Aldoory et al, 2008). However, there are no studies analysing this issue from a well-being perspective. Mental health issues are on the rise in the industry since the communication profession features 24/7 availability and flexibility. The number of professionals who have experienced exhaustion or burnout has spiked, from 37% in 2020 to 45% in 2021, according to Ragan Communications’ Workplace Wellness report (2021). Therefore, the topic of well-being has been vital to the sustainability of the communication profession, but now more than ever. However, the issue of well-being is not just an issue of work-life balance but also an issue of mental health that can be affected by workloads and organisational culture, to mention two elements. In addition to that, happiness and joy at work also impact our well-being, satisfaction, and self-confidence. Managerial styles and the support we receive from superiors impact us too. These issues are also relevant for organisations because motivated and satisfied employees perform better, stay in the organisation and act as organisational ambassadors. Therefore, looking after employee well-being and creating positive and supportive organisational culture, and imposing manageable workloads, is something that not only benefits employees but also the organisations themselves.
The issue comes as a result of the EUPRERA project on Women in PR, which is currently researching well-being in several countries and preliminary survey results show that practitioners spend too much time working, which impedes opportunities to visit friends and family and have time for themselves. Practitioners report feeling frazzled, emotionally drained and stressed out to do things they enjoy but express positive views towards their managers. In some surveys, women particularly report stress and exhaustion, thus opening a question of gender and well-being too. This opens the question of why do we work as much as we do? What is the relationship between clients and practitioners? Is it the clients who are driving workloads? How are managerial styles and organisational culture contributing to employee well-being? Is there such thing as a happiness and joy at work?
Therefore, we are opening a call for papers inviting a broad range of topics within well-being.
List of topic areas
- Workloads in communication industries
- Work-life balance
- Happiness at work
- Joy at work
- Work satisfaction and Well-being
- Mental health and work
- Managerial styles and organisational support and Well-being
- Working with clients and Well-being
- Gender and Well-being in communication industries
- Race and class and Well-being in communication industries
- Employee turnover and well-being
- The impact of digital technologies on mental health and well-being
- Empathetic communication and mental health and well-being
- The impact of flexible working and digital collaboration tools on mental health and well-being
- Organizational culture
- Mental health
- Mass communication industries
- Public relations
Dr Martina Topić,
University of Alabama, USA
Dr Juan Meng,
University of Georgia, USA
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