Social sector workers facing burnout

Staff wellbeing and mental health are major challenges for many charities and not for profits (Bigstock)

Staff and volunteers across the social sector are feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with new research showing many people in the sector are struggling to take good care of themselves. Source: Pro Bono News.

Preliminary analysis from the RESET 2020 National Impact+Need September Survey reveals that staff wellbeing and mental health are major challenges for many charities and not for profits.

The survey closes next Friday, but to date, more than three quarters (77 per cent) of participants have said the pandemic has had a negative impact on employees since the start of June.

The data also shows how the pandemic has worsened these negative impacts, with 43 per cent of respondents feeling anxious and stressed at work – compared to just 10 per cent of people who felt this way before COVID hit.

The results also paint the picture of a sector feeling fatigued, with a 31 per cent increase in respondents reporting they feel frustrated, cynical, or exhausted at work since the pandemic began.

And more than a third of people (35 per cent) said they felt overwhelmed and admitted they were not taking as good care of themselves as they did pre-pandemic.

The Xfactor Collective, which is running the RESET 2020 study, is urging staff, volunteers and board members of social sector organisations to participate in the survey before it closes on October 30.


Early survey insights reveal a social sector facing severe burnout (By Luke Michael, Pro Bono News)

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