This study investigates gender differences in the perceived level of stress of university instructors in India. An online cross-sectional survey was completed with 86 respondents comprised of 51 males and 35 females in the state of Gujarat. Results indicate that job stress on work-life balance is significantly stronger for females. Additionally, male respondents scored higher in managing anger at work compared with female respondents and reveal a stronger detachment with work. Further, male respondents have more health-related issues compared with females due to job stress and imbalance in work life, while females exhibit lower career resilience due to family characteristics and responsibilities. This research contributes to the research on work-life balance specific to the teaching profession. Originality/value: To the best of the author’s knowledge this study is unique and different from other studies as this is the first study concerning India.

Note on the Author

Sandip Solanki is an associate professor and the head of the Department of International Business at the Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. His area of research includes International Business and Consumer Behavior. Email: sandip.solanki@siib.ac.in ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9455-5263 *Corresponding author

Meeta Mandaviya is an associate professor in the Department of Business Management at Marwadi University, Rajkot, Gujarat, India and is the author of the book: Job Designing: Theories, Archetypes and Notions for Future Research. Email: meeta.joshi@marwadieducation.edu.in ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8162-8187