Burnout is often held up as a badge of pride in for-profit and non-profit businesses alike. We talk about the incredible hours, service above and beyond, the missed school plays and late nights, outrageously high goals achieved, but at what price? Not only for our personal lives, but for the businesses we work for. Over-worked teams make mistakes, healthcare costs rise, creativity takes a nose-dive. Nonprofits tend to be tightly staffed with everyone on the team working at full capacity to make a difference in the world, supporting causes they believe in. Aliza Sherman and Beth Kanter, authors of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout, are here to help us understand the impact of burnout and what we can do about it.
By the way, Beth Kanter is donating her royalties from the book to fund the first staff position for the Women’s Resource Center in Cambodia, you can support this wonderful organization simply by buying a copy of the book here.