DJC Core Consulting specializes in helping nonprofits bounce back from burnout
By Wendy Cornett- Burnout can affect productivity in any organization, but it’s especially pronounced in the nonprofit and small business sectors where staffs are lean and budgets are even leaner.
DJC Core Consulting, LLC, in Toledo specializes in helping nonprofits and small businesses battle the effects of burnout and move toward more balanced, successful futures.
Partners Deb Olejownik and Cindy Patterson founded DJC Core Consulting in 2011. The company’s initial emphasis was on helping nonprofits with strategic planning, board training, grant writing, team building and other administrative services.
“We were called upon many times to do team building, and we realized that was at the heart of a lot of the problems being experienced in the nonprofits,” Cindy explained. “The staff, the volunteers, the board members couldn’t work well together. Most boards were teetering on the verge of burnout because they were having to do more with less. We had to get them past the burnout stage before our other services could have an impact.”
To help nonprofits replace exhaustion with renewed energy, Cindy and Deb added an eight-week Bouncing Back from Burnout program to its long list of interactive, engaging workshops.
“Burnout is so pervasive, and it wreaks havoc in organizations and also with individuals,” Deb added, explaining that she, too, struggled with burnout. “I didn’t know what it was at first; I just knew that I needed help. After working through it on my own and bouncing back, I decided I wanted to help other people. Never underestimate the power of burnout.”
DJC Core Consulting’s three-pronged approach addresses the needs of individuals first, providing them with the necessary tools to help them overcome personal burnout. The next step is uncovering each individual’s communication style to aid with negotiations and overcoming difficult situations — both personally and at work. And the final step in the process is a close examination of the organizational culture.
“This last step is directed toward executive directors and board members and teaches them how to recognize their organizational culture and how to enable change that is healthy for them, their staff and their clients,” Cindy noted.
When an otherwise dedicated and passionate employee starts exhibiting a negative self-image, poor attitude, apathy or disengagement, it’s a red flag that he or she is suffering from burnout.
“We help people recognize the signs, symptoms and stages of burnout,” Deb added. “When organizations are burned out, everything crumbles. Our program starts with rebuilding the foundation from the bottom up, until our clients are able to plan for the future and leave the ashes behind.”
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