Solutions for Burnout: It’s Never Too Late to Prevent and Save
Burnout is a serious global issue and especially affects nonprofits. This report includes invaluable insights gained from nonprofit management and frontline staff and offers six key findings with recommendations that are cost-effective, evidence-based, progressive, and can proactively help manage and prevent work burnout.
Key Findings and Recommendations
- Financial Sustainability and Balancing Service Delivery with Employee Wellbeing: Balancing a focus on service delivery and supporting employee wellness is important in preventing work burnout. This oversight directly impacts work burnout and financial and long-term sustainability.
- Stakeholder Collaboration: Together, funders and nonprofits can successfully address systemic funding issues that unintentionally contribute to burnout. Collaboration includes engaging all stakeholders to be active participants in their wellbeing – not doing so will also negatively impact client service. The collective efforts will have a profound and lasting impact.
- Workplace Wellness Program: Research have shown that workplace wellness programs average a 6-to-1 return on investment. Investing in and supporting all employees with access to wellness programs/selfcare practices helps prevent work burnout and more; while connecting directly with wellness practitioners will reduce costs.
- Communication: There is a gap between what management is offering and what frontline staff are needing and wanting to prevent and manage burnout. Providing more communication opportunities help nonprofits to efficiently uncover, develop, and implement strategies that align with both organizational and staff needs, and also reduce healthcare and organizational expenses.
- Personal Development is Professional Development: Personal development (i.e., working on selfcare, health, wellness, self-awareness) directly and positively influences quality of work, professional development, and growth. Because burnout affects the individual holistically, the ability to work on personal development is central in preventing and managing burnout and building resiliency. Empowering staff and managers to recognize the signs, symptoms and triggers of work burnout is proactive, preventative, and will save time and reduce organizational costs.
- Holistic Selfcare Practices, Choice and Resiliency: Burnout requires a holistic approach because it impacts all aspects of a person physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, spiritually, and more. Staff are wanting and needing choice, holistic selfcare practices, and having the ability to be actively involved in their own wellbeing. Complementary Care, used in conjunction with conventional care, focuses on reducing stress and selfcare, which is needed to manage and prevent burnout. Empowered employees are better able to prevent and manage their own burnout, which directly benefits the organization with both time-savings and cost-savings.
Burnout is the result of excessive and prolonged stress. Therefore, an effective burnout prevention strategy needs to address chronic stress and involve a holistic approach. Complementary Care/CAM, is holistic, cost-effective, evidence-based, and helps turn off the chronic stress response. Supporting employee wellness, which includes providing opportunities for selfcare, choice, building resiliency and self-empowerment, is essential and positively impacts the organization in many ways, such as reducing costs in healthcare and insurance expenses, disability claims, and recruitment and replacement.
About Helthe Connect
Helthe Connect is a web app startup located in New Westminster, British Columbia. Through personal experience and journey with burnout, Helthe Connect was created to support others. If your organization is interested in learning more and to receive the full report, please contact Tu Van Trieu, Founder & CEO, at [email protected].
Download Executive Summary: Burnout Report – Executive Summary_June_2021