Addressing Employee Burnout in the Nonprofit Sector
I was recently asked how nonprofit/social services leaders can effectively address employee burnout. Here are the strategies I’ve seen work best:
Be Strategic: Organizations that prioritize their employee’s well-being as part of the overall strategic plan do the best at avoiding and addressing burnout.
Promote Boundaries: Encourage employees to take breaks, including vacation time. Leaders need to model good boundaries too.
Implement an Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Employees in stressful professions need access to confidential, low/no-cost counseling services. EAPs can be relatively inexpensive and they pay off in dividends.
Facilitate Debriefings: Employee meetings where the goal is to “debrief” or “staff cases,” de-stress, and share support/resources are critical to the health of the organization.
Encourage Self-Care: Self-care/wellness needs to be a core value of the organization. Self-care can be promoted in meetings, employee communications, and company-organized employee activities.
Does your organization need help addressing employee burnout?
Over my 15-year HR career, I’ve coached and trained nonprofit leaders and employees to prevent and address employee burnout. If your organization needs a HR expert to help, contact me today: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skye Mercer, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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