Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services Staff Paper
University of Phoenix
December 23, 2011
Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services Staff Burnout is most common in individuals that are motivated and dedicated in his or her field of services, including among human services professionals. This discussion will included the definition of burnout, describing some of the individual, cultural, organizational, supervisory, and social support factors that cause burnout, describing various individual, job role, and organizational methods to prevent burnout, examine your own personality and share how you react and respond to personal and …show more content…
Lewis, Packard & Lewis (2010) states that, “Employee Assistance Programs and burnout preventions strategies can help mitigate the effects of these pressures and effective practices in the areas of hiring, training, and appraising staff can have a major effect on creating an environment conducive to effective and satisfying work.”
I find my personality to be of a people’s person, because I love working with people that has some challenges. My own personal experiences lead me to get into the field of human services. I work with intellectual and developmental disabilities and with this job does have its challenges. Some of the consumers also have behavioral issues as well as his or her disability. Although I have been on the job for four months, I do feel lucky to not have any reaction to feeling burnout. If I should feel burnout on the job, the ways I can deal with my emotional effects are through self-care. I relieve my tension through music; music helps me release my emotions and it’s a healer when I am done. I love doing exercises to relieve stress and it helps take away the tension in my muscles to prepare me for a new day and I also would try to take some time alone like a day off or use my vacation to reprocess everything I am experiencing at work. Also, writing is one of my passions and it allows me to help smooth my feelings inside.
Human service managers should be on the lookout for its staff suffering from