Avoiding burnout when working for nonprofits

Over a third of nonprofits realize that employee retention is their greatest weakness, according to the 2016 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey conducted Nonprofit HR. Long hours working with clients in crisis and trying to change policies in stagnate systems leaves many nonprofit employees at risk for “burn out,” a state where physical and emotional health can be adversely effected by long-term stress related to a person’s career.

Many people enter the nonprofit field to give back to their community, follow their passion or  find deep value in their work. Unfortunately, nonprofit employees face many of the same perils as employees at for-profit businesses: shrinking budgets, increased workloads and stagnate salaries. Last year, the prestigious Atlantic magazine highlighted the plight of the overworked nonprofit employee.

Stacey Cox is aware of the perils of nonprofit employees having experienced them first hand. Cox wants wants to help nonprofit employees change their path to burnout before it is too late, and to help those who have already burned out to recover.

Cox worked for over 15 years as a CEO of a large social justice nonprofit when she realized she was burned out and sick.  Physical ill and exhausted, she wondered how a profession she saw as her life’s calling could leave her in such a beleaguered state.

After some time off to recuperate, Cox returned to school, and focused her studies how working in a high need environment with little reward could end in burnout. Cox will share her insights and experiences at one-hour brown bag training on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at noon in the College Street Plaza, Suite #5, 301 W. College Ave., in Silver City. The training is offered at no cost by the Nonprofit Resource Group. Limited seating is available so please RSVP your seat by registering.

For more information, please contact Kendra Milligan at (575) 597-0035 or NRG@swchi.org. Visit the Nonprofit Resource Group’s website for our full training calendar and complete list of services.

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