Earlier this year, I started writing an article about burnout in the nonprofit world.
I immediately realized it was far more complicated than I had supposed, and had to pause my article.
How do we even define burnout? What (if anything) makes nonprofit burnout different from burnout facing other professionals? Is burnout an individual or cultural problem, a mix of both or something else entirely? To what degree is burnout caused by toxic work environments, individual choices, a mismatch between available resources and needs, or something else?
I’ve been doing a bunch of research, and I’m especially excited to read Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman’s just-published book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit.
But I also want to hear from real people who have witnessed or experienced burnout in their careers.
That’s where you come in. I’ve created a survey. I’d appreciate it if you completed it. I’d also appreciate it if you sent the survey to friends and posted it on social media.
Note that the survey uses Google Forms. If you’d prefer, you can just send me your answers over email to firstname.lastname@example.org.