- Prevent Burnout
Job burnout, catch it before it's too late.
- Prevent Burnout
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Support Coordinators are expected to be available 24-7. For Support coordinators who work out of their homes, the lines between work and play, hardly exist.
According to David Allen, personal productivity expert, "We inhabit a world which there are no edges to our jobs and no limit to the potential information that can help us do our jobs better." David suggests keeping focused and managing time well.
If you feel overwhelmed, read David's article "You Can Do Anything- But Not Everything" . It puts things back into perspective. And for a few days, use your voice mail to screen messages, end calls within 15 minutes, and sometimes even say, "I don't know, but I'll call you if I can find that information."
A support coordination job is very similar to that of a social worker. You might enjoy the Fried Social Worker's website. Support Coordinators are reporting increased burnout over the last year, due to increased caseloads and constant change in job responsibilities.
Is "Burnout" a bad word?
Someone once posted a comment on the web forums, saying they sometimes experience burnout. I was somewhat shocked when a reply was posted to this support coordinator suggesting that he/she quit the job- that there are plenty of other people who would take the cases.
Is "Burnout" a bad word? Can anyone honestly say that they never experienced it? Even families express to me their feelings of helplessness and exhaustion from time to time. Should somewhat quit their job when they experience their first bout of burnout? I don't think so.
The key is to catch it in time. Take a break, spend some time with your family, give yourself some time to recharge. I believe that only the best support coordinators sometimes experience burn out. They care too much, they do too much, and eventually feel like they just can't do anymore
- Anonymous support coordinator