Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services

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Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services

There are many definitions of burnout all coming back to a main source of completion. Fried Social Worker. com defined burnout as "the index of the dislocation between what people are and what they have to do. It represents erosion in values, dignity, spirit and will--an erosion of the human soul. It is a malady that spreads gradually and continuously over time, putting people into a downward spiral ..." (Maslach, & Leitwe, 2008). My understanding of burnout I am feeling overwhelmed and no longer see the importance or value in my work and contribution to the organization and need to rest, and take a little break from work. Making a clear case why vacations are given and needed every year.      Often times Human Service Workers are over worked and under paid for the quality of work they provide in their community. The end result is burnout which often results in high employee turnover rates. Burnout can occur at any time from being overly involved with activities within the community. A worker may feel as though they are not accomplishing much within the scope of their job, but often it is absolutely the complete opposite, the worker may not see the fruits of the labor, but the clients that the human service worker assist on a daily bases will vouch for the human service worker and their efforts and dedication to providing services to the public.      One way to prevent burnout is by setting boundaries to how far one is willing to commit themselves to community outreach projects. Another good way to prevent burnout is to delegate tasks and say no to requests from co-workers or clients that will cause undue stress and feeling overwhelmed. In the end the truth is as a burned out human service worker, one is not able to properly deliver services to clients, thus rendering one ineffective. Learning to work more effectively and efficiently is the best way to eliminate burnout for all community workers from...
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