Great article I came across at the New Social Worker website on a topic I think about and write about quite a bit.
How often do you find yourself thinking that you are “indispensable?” That if you take a weekend (an actually weekend) or a vacation (yes, an actual vacation), that you will be putting a burden on your coworkers or letting those who may seek your services down?
Don’t get me wrong, the work social workers do is absolutely vital to our communities, but does that mean you must stand alone before the needs that seem at times to be infinite?
Check out what Elizabeth Clark has to say at the link below. I needed to read it. You might too.
There is one sign of burnout that often goes unnoticed and frequently is encouraged in subtle ways. This is what can be called the “need complex” — the feeling that you and your social work intervention are so needed that you must work more.