When we all return to the office, will social impact organizations keep supporting parents and caregivers?
Why It Matters
Caregivers need concrete, clear policies that allow them to take time off work when needed. The social impact world is seen as very accommodating, but doesn’t always have formal HR policies or procedures to back up its good intentions.
The burnout at inPath became obvious last December.
Halfway into inPath’s programming year, the Montreal arts-based education non-profit was staring down all the stresses of life amid the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a rapid expansion. In just six months, inPath had nearly doubled its staff. By April, several of them quit. Co-founder Katie Green says the organization’s relentless pace couldn’t continue. “We were going too fast, we were doing too much, and everyone was exhausted,” Green says.
In May, the entire staff of inPath took two weeks off and decided to adopt a four day work-week during the summer to decompress. But work wasn’t their only stressor. inPath staffers were also trying to balance family obligations and other commitments to their local communities. Public health restrictions have periodically closed schools, shuttered daycares, and dras
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