The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) hasn’t rested on its laurels since being selected as the Best Nonprofit to Work For in an annual survey by The NonProfit Times the past two years. Its leadership team noted that some of the comments from last year’s surveys coincided with their own observations so they developed a “compassion fatigue workshop” for the staff.
Both staff and the leadership realized that when working with “wounded warriors” — injured veterans — after they return home, they often deal with mental health issues such as grief, loss and coping. “The staff working with these people can feel that, too,” said Steven Nardizzi, WWP’s executive director. But staff members sometimes are hesitant to talk about their feelings since “you often feel like you’re the only feeling it,” he said.
The workshop brings together employees who face the same stress factors because “we want to let them know others have the same feelings,” Nardizzi said. Participants learn physical and mental techniques to recognize and relieve stress that could lead to compassion fatigue and receive software so they can review what they learned.