Human Services Burnout Causes

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Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services Staff Paper Burnout amid human services staff is a concern that many professionals have. It can also be trepidation within the agency. Human service professionals have an overwhelming and stressful occupation, especially when dealing with intense caseloads, work overtime, on call, and balancing a schedule between work and home. This report will define what burnout is and how it pertains to the human service professional. It will describe some of the different factors that cause and prevent burnout. It will observe how one may react and respond to personal and work-related stress and how to reduce the effects of burnout. Lastly, it will discuss what to do as a human service manager to be…show more content…
Individual, Job Role, and Organizational Methods to Prevent Burnout One’s own reactions and responses to personal and work-related stress is important to acknowledge and understand. There are several ways that one can deal with stress personally in job related situations. Overwhelmed, anxious, and angry are all reactions and responses related to work stress. I work in a high stress environment and at times the stress is overwhelming, which leads to anger, and anxiety. The way one could reduce these effects and the effects of burnout is be prepared, and understand the task at hand. Have a mind set to give your best and bring that attitude to the situation. One should have an open communication with fellow employees, and management, in order to express their feelings and concerns involving burnout. Last, one can express concern about the intensity of their workload, and try to reduce it, by adding help if…show more content…
Noticing slips-ups, missed appointments, and lack of motivation in the work place can all be signs that an employee is struggling with burnout. Managers can provide counseling and coaching as an outlet for employees to “vent” and express the way they feel, as well as receive advice on how deal with burnout and prevent it. Managers may also suggest a better balance between work and home, and better boundaries that may involve training. Burnouts may be caused by boredom in a specific job placement; in this case a manager may suggest a job promotion or position change. In conclusion, employee burnout within the human service field is a factor that all must be aware of. It can be challenging to deal with, but with familiarizing yourself with ways to avoid burnout, and being a manager that is aware and knowledgably can prevent human service staff from dealing with burnout. By offering advice, coaching, and other options a manager can help their staff to deal with the emotions caused by burnouts.
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