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Social Worker Burnout

Employers should offer social workers more flexible hours to keep them in the job, study suggests

Employers should consider offering social workers more flexible hours if they want to keep them in the job as retirement ages rise, new research suggests.

A study of more than 1,300 practitioners, based mostly in England and Northern Ireland and shared exclusively with Community Care, found their mental and emotional wellbeing scores fell below those of the general population, leading many to weigh their options as they get older.

One in three said they were planning a career change in middle age, with stress and the impact of work on wellbeing – cited by around half those looking to switch – being the most common reasons.

Employers could encourage social workers to stay in work longer by offering more flexibility around hours or duties, almost half of respondents said. Almost as many suggested being able to work part-time, take a break of a month or more, or switch to a less demanding role could help keep them in the profession.

The findings mirror, to a large extent, reasons given by social workers for leaving permanent employment. Agency staff interviewed by Community Care have said that the ability to set their own work patterns and take periods away from work has mitigated burnout and kept them in careers they might have left otherwise.

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