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Eight self-care suggestions meant to be somewhat generalized, modular, and customizable.
Amanda Luzzader - 6/27/2022

Self-care Tips for Nonprofit Workers (Part 2) In the first part of this two-part article, we discussed why self-care is especially important to those who work in nonprofit, compassionate service workplaces. We also defined self-care and discussed why it's more than just "taking some time off for myself." Self-care must be a series of routines and activities that are prioritized and that occur even…

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Working for a nonprofit organization, especially one that deals with compassionate service and disadvantaged persons, can present certain challenges
Amanda Luzzader - 6/20/2022

Self-care Tips for Nonprofit Workers (Part 1) As we’ve discussed in past articles, working for a nonprofit organization, especially one that deals with compassionate service and disadvantaged persons, can present certain challenges. Long hours, burn-out, and a lack of separation between work and home life are very common complaints heard from those who work at nonprofits. Secondary trauma, which…

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The effects of secondary trauma stress are numerous and alarming. Learn more about what it is and how to avoid it.
Amanda Luzzader - 6/13/2022

You've probably heard secondary trauma stress referred to by several different terms: "compassion fatigue," "caregiver stress," "vicarious trauma," or simply "burnout." According to information provided by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF), no matter what else you call it, secondary trauma stress is a "set of observable reactions to working with people who have been…

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The conflict is now entering its tenth week, and the number of refugees and the number of people killed and injured is rising steadily.
Amanda Luzzader - 6/9/2022

On February 22, 2022, under orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin, a detachment of the Russian Army invaded the eastern European country of Ukraine. The invasion occurred after a long period of military posturing, threats, and a troop buildup along the Russia-Ukraine border and in the Russian territory of Belarus. Since then, Ukrainian residential and business areas have been attacked…

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We continue the discussion with a few additional ways to make your organizational feedback meaningful, useful, powerful, etc.
Amanda Luzzader - 6/6/2022

In this three-part series of articles, we have discussed cultivating feedback culture as a way to keep a finger continuously on the pulse of a company or organization, as opposed to stepping in periodically to collect feedback (e.g., post-project reviews and employee evaluations). Feedback culture is an emerging organizational philosophy with lots of advantages for companies and organizations–the…

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Four ways to make your feedback meaningful
Amanda Luzzader - 5/30/2022

What is “Meaningful” Feedback? In part 1 of this three-part series, we took a look at feedback culture, which is (simply put) an emerging organizational and corporate philosophy in which the collection and implementation of feedback is more or less ongoing and is utilized in real-time. Organizational and corporate feedback is nothing new, of course. A common analogy for this kind of continuous…

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