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Being Trauma Informed Builds Organizational Resilience

By Trauma Informed, Burnout, Resilience
Regardless of your field or your level of expertise, you will most probably meet someone in the workplace who is grieving or traumatized. You may know someone who has experienced vicarious trauma, traumatic events, or who is experiencing professional grief. For that matter, you may have been impacted by grief or trauma while doing your job. If you are a leader, you may be seeking resources and strategies for organizational...
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National Suicide Prevention Month

By Suicide Prevention

If I were to ask you if you have the tools to prevent a suicide, what would you tell me? My dad died by suicide while I was in the hospital awaiting the birth of triplets. I was one of 135 people affected for every death by suicide. As a suicide loss survivor, I focus on suicide postvention and ways to provide support after a suicide. I realize that postvention…

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A Magical Way to Get Over Burnout at Work

By Burnout

Consider the power of magic to manage burnout. You can create the magic that helps you mitigate the impact of burnout at work. You may have a high workload. Your workplace may not share your values. You may have low control over your job. Yet, there is a magic formula to follow, so you can manage the daily stressors that are causing burnout. Tips to Manage Burnout at Work Magic…

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Are You Burnt Out Because of Rigid Thinking?

By Burnout

A Gap Analysis A gap analysis is a well-defined learning strategy that can help you manage being burnt out. A gap analysis is a simple tool for establishing any gaps between your strengths in managing being burnt out and your organization’s ability to assist you in putting those strengths into practice. Let’s explore the issue of rigid thinking and being burnt out. Current State Focus on your current state of…

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Work-Life Balance

By Work-Life Balance

How in the world do you achieve work-life balance when the world has changed due to the pandemic? Your assumptive world has been shattered and professional life has changed. For that matter, so has your personal life. For many, the workplace has moved to the kitchen table. For others, the hours spent in the actual workplace have increased, limiting time spent appreciating one’s nonwork life. Metaphorically, you need to navigate…

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

By Work-Life Balance

A balance between work and nonwork life is essential for job engagement. A flexible working schedule allows for more time with children. Job flexibility involves career breaks (e.g., maternity or paternity leaves). Moreover, part-time employees need flexibility in scheduling, length of work, and location. Studies show that more women request flexible work than men. Although men consider flexible working to develop their organizational commitment, women consider it a way to…

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8 Work-Life Balance Tips

By Resilience, Work-Life Balance

As you pursue work and personal interests, be mindful that work-life balance means different things to different people. Prioritize what is important. Put energy into those things that mean something to you. Here are eight simple ways to manage the stress of work-life balance: Start the day with a healthy breakfast and take a scheduled lunch, as diet management is important for your overall health. Begin work on time and…

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Compassion Fatigue vs. Burnout

By Burnout, Compassion Fatigue

As we explore the question of what is compassion fatigue, we recognize that it is not the same as burnout. Compassion fatigue and burnout are two types of stresses that bring about mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. Signs of compassion fatigue are headaches, sadness, grief, avoiding working with certain people, nightmares, and changes in belief systems. They may also experience emotional disconnection from others. Symptoms can mirror post-traumatic stress disorder,…

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Compassion Fatigue Definition

By Compassion Fatigue

I define compassion fatigue as a palette of grief® where there is a blending of physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual reactions due to empathetic engagement with those who are grieving or traumatized while neglecting one’s own self-care. Compassion fatigue can occur after one exposure to traumatic material or many exposures to traumatic material. This can occur whether working with adults, children, or animals. When a person works in a…

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