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What Can Organizations Do to Alleviate Volunteer Stress?

What Can Organizations Do to Alleviate Volunteer Stress?

Volunteer stress is an important topic. While there are a good number of studies looking at this in terms of implications for the volunteer’s health and well-being, this quarter’s Research to Practice reviews exploratory research that analyzes the issue from an organizational perspective. Gathered from a sample of attendees at the Australian National Volunteering Conference in 2013, the data provides insights into sources and causes of volunteer stress, organizational responses, and desired organizational support.

And there’s good news: according to this exploratory study, a “wide range of volunteer stressors” appear to be “firmly within the purview of organizations to manage and ameliorate.”

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Fri, 12/11/2015
Thank you for a concise article that I can use with my supervisors at any level of competency and experience. This will be so helpful when training staff members who work with volunteers to be mindful not only of what a volunteer might be experiencing but what we as the agency receiving the gift of their time might be able to do for them. I find it very helpful.