Growth Point Collaborative has a mission to improve workplace conditions for people doing meaningful emotional labor in our society. Doing challenging emotional work uniquely impacts the helper, especially in human service fields, medicine, environmental preservation and education. Yet, burnout and compassion fatigue are not limited to these fields. When any worker's logistical, emotional, and security needs are not being met, it's practically guaranteed they cannot provide their best effort. Staff members report that the workplace environment is more of an obstacle than a support to their work!
Exposure to traumatic content without appropriate measures to care for its impacts results in conditions like Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout. Many people who do courageous work blame themselves for not being strong enough, or choosing the wrong career when they experience symptoms of the above in the course of their work. I see these syndromes as a human response to a superhuman challenge.
I know that recovery is possible without changing careers, and that people can transition from burnout response to burnout prevention. The ultimate goal is to experience Compassion Satisfaction and organizational health. A healthy team environment can support staff to intervene with confidence, and feel connected, stable and present while delivering solid service. These conditions provide workers fulfillment and an improved quality of life.
Taking the impacts of emotional work seriously and providing staff with free or affordable options to receive care is an ethical (and revolutionary!) thing to do. Caring for vulnerable populations from a place of security is not only ethical, but it is more effective. No staff member wants to feel expendable or unappreciated. Show your team that you recognize their efforts, and that you are invested in their wellness.
Select the setup that works for your organization's needs:
Growth Point Collaborative provides full- or half-day educational workshops about burnout syndromes, self-care strategies, and systemic practices of prevention (community care).
Growth Point Collaborative provides organizational leadership consultation to assess difficulties with team cohesion, workplace satisfaction, and traumatic event processing.
Growth Point Collaborative facilitates regular staff development/wellness groups on site, which can include discussions about burnout syndromes among staff, self-care strategies, communication techniques, and prevention.
Growth Point Collaborative can provide custom-built interventions for the specific needs of your organization.
Growth Point Collaborative can support the amazing humans who deliver your services.
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