Alessandra Pigni is our special guest for this round of Why We Dev, and today she's responding to reader questions on caring for staff, recovering from burnout and how to be a mentally healthy aid worker.
"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day-to-day living that wears you out." Psychologist Alessandra Pigni explains what individuals and what aid agencies can do to make sure the day-to-day realities of working in aid don't lead to burnout.
Though it can be confused with stress or PTSD, burnout has different causes and remedies. Alessandra Pigni explains why burnout affects many aid workers and how it is caused by a particular way of working and a particular organisational culture.
Alessandra Pigni has collected stories, reflections and suggestions from humanitarian professionals on the topic of self-care. With this, she has put together a white paper series of practical recommendations to better prepare humanitarian professionals for field missions. Read more about this ground-breaking series in her second post for whydev.org.
The stereotype of the under-resourced, run-off-their-feet NGO worker exists for a reason. It's easy to get carried away with all of this, but in the end, how effective does this make us? In a cross post with Mindfulness for NGOs, Alessandra Pigni highlights the importance of reflection as action, and action as reflection.