As Professor McCloskey has been known to point out

I can’t speak for all 4 million of my comrades who have quit their jobs during the pandemic, but for those in the nonprofit sector, pre-existing conditions compounded the stressors of COVID-19. Before 2020, half of nonprofit workers were already burned out. As defined by the World Health Organization, burnout includes “feelings of exhaustion, increased mental distance for one’s job, and reduced professional efficacy.” In fundraising, competing pressures lead to even higher burnout rates, and in turn, a revolving door — the average tenure is just 16 months.

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11 thoughts on “As Professor McCloskey has been known to point out”

  1. IYDLIFO applies, or at least get an honest job instead of FO. Instead of moaning about your lot, change it. Vote with your feet. Conditions will probably change for those who stay and you will have caused it.

  2. It’s a sector full of mediocre and unpleasant people whose hunger for power over others is faintly masked by the putative do-goodery.

  3. “It’s a sector full of mediocre and unpleasant people whose hunger for power over others is faintly masked by the putative do-goodery.”

    Psychologically speaking its probably worse to work in a charitable ‘non-profit’ organisation than for an Evil Capitalist™. At least when you’re working for ‘The Man’ you have no emotional attachment to the work, beyond wanting the business to succeed enough such that you continue to get paid. Whereas working for a charity there is then an emotional sword of Damocles hanging over you at all times – if you don’t do this right, or do extra work, people will suffer! A situation that is undoubtedly abused rotten by the sort of power hungry people you mention.

  4. @TW

    Isn’t the reference in your title from Joan Robinson (and more striking for it, as Joan was very left wing and Deirdre isn’t)?

  5. No doubt those who are screaming and slavering at the thought of wasting yet more of our money to support the Taliban are under even more stress.

    They haven’t even been given a few trifling trillions yet.

  6. I associate the term non-profit with organisations of at least notional charitable purpose. Working at a Buddhist retreat centre (and presumably being paid for doing so) and then expecting a pat on the back is so “Salon”.

  7. Dennis, He Who Knows The Difference Between A Machine Gun And A Semi-Automatic Rifle

    Working at a Buddhist retreat centre (and presumably being paid for doing so) and then expecting a pat on the back is so “Salon”.

    +1

    Imagine telling someone that you quit working at a Buddhist retreat center because it was too stressful, and then expecting a reaction that doesn’t include hysterical laughter.

  8. I went for a one-day ‘Introduction to Buddhism’ course.

    At £500 the fee seemed a bit steep.

    But hey, you only live once.

  9. I’ve worked for a non-profit and they were constantly on about the importance of their mission and how everyone should feel privileged to be doing such important work etc.
    Had the highest staff turnover of anywhere I’ve every worked, party due to the lower pay and the terrible work environment.

  10. Non profits are funded mainly by evil capitalists. Some funding comes from government which raised most of the money by taxing the evil profits from evil capitalists.

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