It’s no secret that the levels of stress within the social work profession is high. Excessive workloads with a high degree of personal accountability, and little control over the flow of work or the availability of resources and support puts a whole load of pressure on the social worker, not helped by the fact that the caseloads or clients may be hostile or unhelpful themselves. In fact, a 2015 BASW study found that among 2000 social workers surveyed, 80% said that stress was affecting their ability to do their job properly, with the top three causes being unending caseloads, poor supervision and bullying by colleagues or managers. The study also found that 1 in every 10 social workers have considered leaving their job because of the excessive stress they face. At Portman Recruitment, we’re extremely proud of the support that we provide our workers with, and we’ve found that the tips we provide them with are very beneficial to their well-being and mental health. We thought it’d be good to share these tips in the hopes of helping those who may be having a tough time at the moment, and please know that if you ever need any extra support, we’re only ever a phone call away.
With caseloads, paperwork and court visits, there’s a lot that you’ll have to deal with, and therefore time management techniques will help to ease some of this pressure and allow you to plan your days more effectively. Techniques include:
The hardest part of dealing with stress at work is knowing how to separate it from your personal life. Taking stress home can affect your free time and relationships, so switching off is very important.
In fact, studies have shown that exercise increases endorphins in the brain, and reduces levels of the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
We know that life as a social worker is never easy, and that there will be days when you’re just fed up and may want to quit. But as they say, nothing in life worth having is ever easy, and your job will benefit the lives of the people that you help, through your hard work, determination and motivation to continue. There is always support available, and we’re always there to provide it.
If you’ve been thinking of joining us as a social worker, or are looking for some guidance in your role, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 0161 828 4160.
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Very promising start with Portman, they got me a job to suit my very specific needs pretty much instantly and have been great to work with so far as they take care of everything for you. Would definitely recommend them.
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