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The Impact of Compassion Fatigue and Moral Injury on Employee Productivity and Retention

Last Updated on 19 April, 2023

Compassion fatigue is characterized by emotional exhaustion and a reduced ability to empathize. The symptoms of compassion fatigue include despair, anxiety, guilt, and physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, etc.

Compassion fatigue can significantly impact a workplace, especially for employees with past traumatic experiences or suffering. As a result, they become less motivated, less productive, and less decisive in work-related issues.

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About The Speaker

Barbara Rubel is a keynote speaker on Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress, or Vicarious Trauma. She motivates trauma-informed audiences to focus on evidence-based vicarious trauma-informed care: wellness, well-being, and resilience.

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Show Notes

(00:59) What is compassion fatigue? And, what is the relationship between compassion fatigue and employee productivity?

(02:17) How can employers mitigate the negative impact of compassion fatigue on their workforce?

(06:51) How does moral injury affect employee retention, and what strategies can organizations implement to support employees experiencing moral injury?

(11:17) What are some warning signs that an employee may be experiencing compassion fatigue, and how can managers address these concerns to prevent burnout?

(15:06) What are the long-term consequences of ignoring the impact of compassion fatigue and moral injury on employee productivity and retention, and how can employers proactively address these concerns to promote a healthy and sustainable workforce?

(17:29) How can organizations create a culture of empathy and support to cure the negative effects of compassion fatigue and moral injury on employee productivity and retention?

(20:05) Would you like to suggest any valuable tips to our corporate listeners?

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