The Self-Care Gap
Ilsa Hampton, CEO
Some of you are aware that I am participating in the ELDAC self-care and aged care workforce task group. As part of this work, I sent a note out to our members seeking some information about what you are doing to support your teams with self-care.
The answers that came back varied, but one thing was consistent: you carry great concern for the wellbeing of your teams. The question is how to translate that concern into action.
One of the risks in service-related work is that we might come to feel we have to show how much we are willing to suffer, how far we are willing to go, for the benefit of others. It can be very difficult to value self-care in this type of culture. We might think to ourselves, If my manager is working themselves to the bone, then how dare I do things differently? This is not to say that engaging in self-care means we slack off, or are less committed.
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