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Burnout of a Nonprofit employee

Burnout of a Nonprofit employee

The burden is slightly different for a nonprofit employee. In addition to an intimidating pile of work on your desk, you face a steady stream of people whose lives often depend on you and your organization’s assistance.

You'll need a new strategy to fight that feeling of professional fatigue.

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Burnout Cause #1: The Grind Never Stops

There is no regular downtime when it comes to serving the needy and fundraising to keep a nonprofit organisation running—this never-ending demand means constant deadlines and a steady stream of emergencies.

How to Deal with it.

  • Schedule Time Off. Plan breaks around deadlines, even if it is only part of a day.
  • Prioritise. Focus on what's really important.
  • Take Some Time to Think. Diarise time to do deadline-free work.

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Burnout Cause #2: Other People’s Lives Are on the Line

Falling into the trap of feeling guilty about prioritising yourself when so many people depend on you.

How to Deal with it.

  • Find a Community. Try scheduling dinner or a happy hour with your colleagues or finding an outside group of nonprofit workers.
  • Create Redundancy So You Can Really Disconnect. Start keeping your colleagues in the loop about all your projects—even training them to take over for you in a pinch.
  • Leverage Funding. Consider talking to your donors. Plenty of understanding foundations may be willing to schedule funding for employee wellness.

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