Is your workplace suffering from compassion fatigue? In addition to affecting individuals, compassion fatigue also can cause problems in a veterinary practice. Recognizing these symptoms can help you start down a path toward improving your work environment and the happiness and well-being of your employees.
Organizational compassion fatigue has been defined as “a toxic work environment that hinders efficiency and limits a practice's growth potential.”
Organizational symptoms of compassion fatigue include the following:
If you recognize these signs in your workplace, consider setting up a wellness program for your staff. You don’t need a complicated and expensive program to reap benefits and improve staff well-being. Even simple steps – like stocking healthy snacks and encouraging employees to take frequent breaks – can reap big benefits.