Nonprofit Self Care and Burnout
Hi! I'm currently writing an article about how burnout impacts the nonprofit sector. I'll also be looking at potential preventative measures that individuals and organizations can take, and about healing after burnout.
If you work at a nonprofit organization, foundation, or for-profit service that works for social good, I would appreciate it if you took this survey and shared your experiences. If you aren't working now but previously worked in one of these occupations, please also take this survey. Please share this survey widely.
Note: I will use survey data in aggregate and use the results to inform my article, but I won't publish your written responses without getting your permission first.
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"Burnout" is associated with losing motivation and energy, feeling powerless, and feeling disconnected from work that was previously fulfilling. Is burnout a serious issue in your workplace? (NOTE: For this and future questions, you can report on a former job or a current job.)
Yes, many employees are dealing with burnout and it has a major impact on our work.
Sometimes. Some employees deal with burnout, and it sometimes has an impact on our work.
No. We don't have a big problem with burnout.
I don't know.
What consequences does burnout have in your organization? Check all that apply.
Employee turnover, i.e. people leaving their jobs
Lost productivity, i.e. slower to produce reports, respond to emails, time wasted unnecessarily
Fewer creative ideas
Difficulty recruiting new hires
Difficulty fundraising or speaking with granters
Programmatic work suffers
Mental illness issues among employees, including depression
Lost job satisfaction
Poor communication practices, such as being curt or dismissive
None. We don't have a significant problem with burnout in my organization.
How many hours per week are most people in your office working?
Do you feel like you have the opportunity for advancement?
Do you feel like the working conditions, equipment, and technical resources are adequate?
How much self-determination and flexibility do you have in your job?
A great deal
How often do you feel like you have a 'win' or achievement in your work?
All the time!
Have you ever suffered from burnout personally? What was the experience like and what impact did it have on your work?
What strategies do you find most helpful for dealing with burnout? How effective are they?
What strategies do you find most helpful in preventing burnout and engaging in self care?
Check all that apply
I work at a nonprofit in the United States
I work at a nonprofit outside the United States
I work at a foundation that provides grants to nonprofits
I work in a for-profit industry that supports social good or nonprofit work
I work in a corporate job
I don't currently work
Which term most closely defines your role?
Board of directors
Senior individual contributor
Name and email address. Note: I need this to follow up with additional questions and request permission to publish pseudonymised snippets of your responses. I won't publish snippets if I don't hear back from you, and I won't share or publish your contact information without your permission.
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