Charity staff face higher risks from stress, survey claims

Study by Hannah Law of YMCA says voluntary sector staff are more emotionally engaged with their jobs than others, but get less support

Survey: Charity staff at greater risk of stress
Survey: Charity staff at greater risk of stress

Third sector employees are at increasing risk of stress and burnout, according to new research.

The State of Employee Engagement in the Third Sector, by Hannah Law, head of YPeople at Central YMCA in London, says voluntary sector workers are more emotionally engaged with their jobs than staff in other sectors, yet receive less support.

"The negative impact of high levels of stress and burnout on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and ultimately on the ability of not-for-profit organisations to fulfil their collective missions, is clear and worrying for third sector leaders," said Law.

She recommended that employers develop more feedback systems, such as confidential surveys and better people management practices, and encourage more supportive management.

The publication draws heavily on the results of data from the Charity Pulse survey, which is run by Third Sector in conjunction with Birdsong Charity Consulting.

The research comes as the fifth Charity Pulse survey opens, which invites voluntary sector employees to rate their employers and say what they think about their jobs.

The anonymous online survey is designed to build a picture of working life in charities and improve the standard of management. It attracted 672 responses from more than 160 charities last year.

To take part in this year's survey, click the link: Charity Pulse survey.

The results will be published in July.

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