Whether you’re breaking into the nonprofit industry or have been a veteran since ’96, trying to avoid burnout and corporate nostalgia seems nearly impossible. If you haven’t heard about it, YNPN recently kicked off its #nplove campaign, and we must say we love it! The nonprofit work culture needs to be revived and now is the perfect time to remind ourselves why we got into this often complicated relationship. Yes, it’s true that the nonprofit sector isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but what job sector is?
Just like in any relationship to keep the romance alive, it’s a two way street. Stop reading When You Work At a Nonprofit Tumblr and start looking at the positives and perks of working at a nonprofit! We love the nonprofit industry and we hope you do too, so we’re sharing six ways to love your nonprofit job again!
♥Redesign your job around love♥
Sometimes the work environment can be stressful when you’re trying to reach goals, but take a moment and invest in the people around you— your coworkers. We get so caught up in our to-do list that we forget that our workday isn’t just a to-do list. Building relationships with your coworkers is play a vital role in creating a healthy work environment.
♥Get rid of the negative talk♥
In our last blog post, we talked about correcting negative thinking in your job search. After getting the job, it’s crucial to continue to ban negative thinking. It’s not easy, but it definitely will make your work environment happier.
Remember when you didn’t work at your organization and you jumped out of your bed on Saturdays to be the first person at the volunteer site. Remember that time when the little boy smiled and told you how much you meant to him when you were on the playground. Go back to that place. Take a Saturday and instead of going to happy hour, go volunteer! It will warm your heart and rekindle your spirit. You will quickly remember why you do what you do.
♥Think about your impact in the final moments♥
Spend the last 15 minutes of your workday thinking about the impact you’ve made today. Did you finish cleaning up your donor list? Did you put the finishing touches on your social media strategy? Remember that everything you knock off your to-do list helps you to reach your goals and mission, and help to transform someone’s life and community.
♥Goodbye long vacations, hello mini vacations♥
Every year you look forward to your week long vacation, but a long vacation isn’t always the best approach to handling job burnout. This year, try something different— plan mini vacations. Once a quarter take a Friday off and have a three day weekend. This way you won’t feel like you’re playing catch-up when you come back from your vacation.
♥K.I.S.S. more often♥
No, we’re not talking about that kind of kiss– we’re talking about something that will ignite your purpose again. Hired My Way‘s contributor Gabe Dumbrille challenged their readers to K.I.S.S. more often. In other words, keep innovating something significant. The honeymoon phase of a new job is fading or long gone for nonprofit veterans, so it’s important to get out of your routine and comfort zone, and let your imagination run wild and create something new.