In particular, it looks at the vital roles of structure, routine and boundaries , and the importance of opportunities for mutual support and for celebration of the things we’ve done well.
- A state of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual exhaustion caused by work and other life factors. This can be a particular risk in human service work, where compassion fatigue is often present.
- The single largest risk factor is the nature of human service work, which involves being with and empathising with people in pain, together with the need or pressure to display or repress particular emotions (sometimes called emotional labour).
- Burnout is a major contributor to the loss of skilled and experienced employees in human service organisations.