Burnout is a serious problem for nonprofits. It overwhelms passionate and dedicated staff, decreasing their effectiveness and often pushing them to leave positions prematurely. A recent study by Nonprofit HR concluded that nonprofits need to develop stronger strategies to minimize burnout and the turnover that comes with it and ensuring staff retention.
Burnout is a psychological response to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest.
ESC Consultant and HR expert Dave Kourtz recently presented a workshop on burnout prevention to nonprofit leaders on the North Shore. He provided the audience with the following strategies for avoiding nonprofit employee burnout:
- Defining employee roles and setting clear expectations.
- While nonprofit jobs can and do change, it is important for employees to know what is expected of them.
- Implementing reward/recognition systems.
- Specific and timely recognition of an individual or (even better) a team fosters sense of pride and appreciation. Ask employees how they would like to be recognized.
- Highlighting employee contributions to the organization’s mission
- Nonprofit employees are motivated by a sense of purpose and a love of mission. Help them to see how their work furthers the cause of the organization.
- Providing opportunities for professional development
- This can include assigning special projects, asking employees to mentor new hires, and leadership opportunities as well as access to trainings and workshops.
ESC Consultants like Dave Kourtz offer a wealth of information and strategic advice that can help nonprofits avoid employee burnout and promote a happier and more productive office environment. Staff are many organizations’ greatest resource, and burnout is just one of many HR-related challenges that nonprofits face.
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