Banishing Burnout

I’ve been recommending Leiter & Maslach’s book, Banishing Burnout, by word of mouth for a long time. I’ve been a bit tardy in posting a review on the Fried Social Worker web site.

So here it is, my review of Banishing Burnout, which I highly recommend if you’re a social worker suffering from job burnout.

This book is not specifically for social workers, but I have no doubt you’ll still find it helpful.


2 responses

  1. From my experience, it is not so much that the career is depressing (although it certainly can be), but this speaks to the people who choose this career. Many are people who went to college thinking that they were going into “psychology” and realized upon graduation that if they weren’t going to get a PhD, social work is what was waiting for them. So, after analyzing their own family dysfunction in college, they get to wallow in someone else’s family dysfunction for $25k to $30k per year. Now, that IS depressing!

  2. Okay, I have a comment on this. Just signed on as an assignment to log onto a “social service” newgroup as I am currently in pursuit of a degree in Social Services.
    Anyway, I second the post about management not following “code of ethics” to lower ranked co-workers. I work with a woman who is the highest mucky muck of our agency in the social service field. I had one day been ushered into her office by a fellow social worker to complete an assignment to “the queens” utter disgust. She suffered through my quick interview concerning career direction.
    Long story short, I did follow her ill mannered advice and many months later, happened to cross her path one day while walking to our cars after work. I was just thanking her for her time and advice and she began to cross the street in the middle of my sentence as to not be seen walking with someone possibly not compared to her status! I was still talking!!
    I will never forget that day. I have met many awesome social workers but wonder if this is common that social service workers loose heart to clients and fellow workers once too high up the ladder of success? Its hard for me to believe that anyone started this career with dreams of being rich and famous? How do we stay respectful after we have seen and done it all? Is there hope for the hopegivers?

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