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Work burnout and spiritual well-being during Covid-19 pandemic amongst staff in two Malaysian public universities

Sulaiman, Rohaya and Mohammed Zabidi, Mahfuzah and Hj. Basri, Fairuzah and Mohd Marzuki, Zunaidah and Zaid Mohd Zin, Mohamad and Ozata, Sadik (2022) Work burnout and spiritual well-being during Covid-19 pandemic amongst staff in two Malaysian public universities. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 12 (5). 1555 - 1569. E-ISSN 2222-6990

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In early 2020, the government enforced the work-from-home order for all Malaysians in response to the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the Covid-19 global outbreak. Many have faced challenges in acquiring the skills and knowledge to use the latest information technology applications to do their work at home. Moreover, the sudden need to simultaneously perform several tasks, while working from home, has led to mental and emotional strains. As a result, many individuals started to experience work burnout and other negative repercussions. Thus, this study aims to investigate the motivating and demotivating factors that lead to work burnout. This study is important in contributing data and information for both universities in order to reduce work burnout issues amongst staff. This study employed the quantitative survey research methodology. A survey instrument was used to collect data online via Google Form and was analysed using SPSS version 26. The survey comprises four main sections; Section A focuses on respondents’ demographic profiles, Section B contains six items on personal burnout, Section C contains seven items on work-related burnout and lastly, six items in section D probed colleagues-related burnout. 106 respondents from two public universities in Malaysia were chosen purposively to answer the survey. The study found that personal-related burnout has the highest mean score of 3.3. This is followed by work-related burnout with 3.0. The lowest mean score was observed for colleague-related burnout, with 2.6. Hence, this study implies that tasawuf education should be emphasised to help individuals achieve spiritual well-being. In this regard, tasawuf education focuses on educating one’s heart to shape a person into a quality individual according to the Islamic mould. As a result, they develop strong resilience when facing challenges and obstacles in life. Further research may focus on examining a tasawuf-based spiritual well-being model from selected Sufi members’ perspectives to produce holistically successful individuals according to the true Islamic teachings.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Work Burnout, Spiritual Well-being, Malaysian Public Universities
Subjects: BPL Islamic education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Qur’an and Sunnah
Depositing User: Zunaidah Mohd Marzuki
Date Deposited: 25 May 2022 08:31
Last Modified: 25 May 2022 08:31
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/98028

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