Midlife Crisis, Best Practices Revealed in First-Ever “Best Colleges” Workplace Study

There’s a midlife crisis on college campuses according to a new nationwide workplace survey reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, higher education’s prime source for information, news and jobs.

As professors, administrators and other baby boomers on the professional staff near retirement, some of those most likely to succeed them, especially those in the middle of their careers, aren’t giving highest marks to some of the workplace dynamics they find at their institutions.

The study conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink LLC, a human resources and consulting firm based in Wilmington, Delaware, shows that respondents seem most upbeat at the beginning and at the end of their careers.

But, echoing other surveys in academe and the corporate world, it reveals that at one point in a career – in this case after about eight years on the job or in the late 40’s, — "midcareer blues" often set in and an individual’s positive outlook can darken a bit about his/her employer.

In one area, career development, 64 percent of those in their current positions 8 to 10 years gave positive marks to their institution. This compares to 74 percent for those relatively new to their positions and 80 percent for those in their roles for 25 years or more. Read full story.

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