Title

Predictive Indicators of Burnout in Non-profit Workers: An Institutional Examination

Poster Number

18C

Lead Author Major

Political Science

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Poster Presentation (Research Day, April 30)

Faculty Mentor Name

Marylou Bagus-Hansen

Faculty Mentor Department

Undergraduate Education

Abstract/Artist Statement

In the non-profit sector, the retention of valuable workers is a necessity to ensure that organizational integrity can stay intact. The ability for nonprofits to function properly is reliant on workers continuing their work for the organization and not leaving for a more lucrative position in the private sector and more importantly, not burning out; burnout is typically understood as the physical and emotional stress that a worker experiences during their job for an extended period that culminates in their exhaustion and inability to continue working. While burnout is contested in the literature as being symptomatic of an individual’s underlying condition, one thing is certain: the institutional forces present in an organization has a monumental influence on the rates of burnout that people experience. The purpose of this research is to answer the question Are there predictive indicators in an organization that contribute to a worker’s burnout? This study will deploy a survey titled “Predictive indicator of burnout survey” (PIBS for short) to analyze a worker’s attitudes to their organization’s structure. The survey will focus on three primary indicators: wage-to-workload balance, bureaucratic affect, and organizational work culture influence on a worker’s productivity. Using these three indicators will help nonprofit organizations reduce the rate of burnout and turnover of their most valuable workers by seeing what institutional factors they can change to minimize burnout.

Location

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Start Date

30-4-2022 10:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 30th, 10:00 AM Apr 30th, 12:00 PM

Predictive Indicators of Burnout in Non-profit Workers: An Institutional Examination

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

In the non-profit sector, the retention of valuable workers is a necessity to ensure that organizational integrity can stay intact. The ability for nonprofits to function properly is reliant on workers continuing their work for the organization and not leaving for a more lucrative position in the private sector and more importantly, not burning out; burnout is typically understood as the physical and emotional stress that a worker experiences during their job for an extended period that culminates in their exhaustion and inability to continue working. While burnout is contested in the literature as being symptomatic of an individual’s underlying condition, one thing is certain: the institutional forces present in an organization has a monumental influence on the rates of burnout that people experience. The purpose of this research is to answer the question Are there predictive indicators in an organization that contribute to a worker’s burnout? This study will deploy a survey titled “Predictive indicator of burnout survey” (PIBS for short) to analyze a worker’s attitudes to their organization’s structure. The survey will focus on three primary indicators: wage-to-workload balance, bureaucratic affect, and organizational work culture influence on a worker’s productivity. Using these three indicators will help nonprofit organizations reduce the rate of burnout and turnover of their most valuable workers by seeing what institutional factors they can change to minimize burnout.