There is nothing compassionate about burnout

Burnout is widely believed to be problematic among human services professions. It has been associated with various forms of negative responses to on the job stress that can diminish an individual’s physical health, psychological well-being, and job performance (Maslach & Leiter, 2008). The researcher's study was aimed at detecting potential for burnout and to examine whether self-care lessened the distressing effects among human service workers (N=68). Results of the data revealed a positive correlation between self-care and compassion satisfaction and a negative relationship between burnout; suggesting that self-care is positively associated with higher compassion satisfaction and lower levels of burnout. The study findings revealed that self-care and compassion satisfaction might serve as protective factors, which likely decrease the impact of, or vulnerability to, job burnout. This in turn promotes employee satisfaction, positive career experiences, and the overall well-being of helping professionals. Self-care should be viewed as an ongoing preventive activity for all professionals. The results of this study showed that human service workers do engage in self-care activities and that its benefits can positively influence their lives as well as their careers within the profession.