The fierce heat today serves as a reminder that Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer. I hope folks are staying cool and hydrated!
Like many folks I’ve spoken to recently, I can’t believe it is already September. One of my favorite summertime traditions is our annual trek to a lake in Maine, where 9 of us pile into a rental house, unplug, and connect with each other. My child and my nephew live 3 hours apart, so these weeks are magical times for the cousins to spend quality time together, including sitting on the dock enjoying breakfast in their pajamas.
As an organization, we are committed to all of our staff having time to unplug and connect with their families, friends, pets, and their own self-care needs. The work our advocates do every day to help survivors is emotionally taxing; secondary trauma and burnout are persistent challenges for our field. The WRC was excited to participate in the North American pilot of a 4-Day Workweek as one way to recruit, retain, and support the mental health of our staff. The results of the pilot are highlighted below.
Ultimately, taking care of our staff in this way translates into better services for our clients. One staff member shared “the clients get to speak with someone who is not burnt out and is more helpful ultimately because of that.” Prioritizing our staff’s well-being is an extension of our commitment to providing high quality services to survivors in our community.