EDUCATIONAL WORKER – Community & Unique Work
Educational workers, including teachers, educational assistants, school administrators, and system leaders provide unique emotional labour to the children and youth in their communities.
“When you’re a principal, you walk into a building, and you inherit the group that’s there, and you work with them and do the best you can. For me, the reason I do what I do and the reason I continue getting out of bed, even though I’m exhausted, is because I love the people in this building. I love them. So, for me, when they’re suffering, it affects me profoundly, like I’m suffering. If someone comes to me and says, “This or that happened,” and they’re upset, I’ll try to hold it together. But then the minute they leave, or the minute I get home, I’m the one who’s falling in a mess.“Research Study Participant
Compassion Satisfaction is the joy and intrinsic rewards that educational workers feel from their daily work.
Compassion Stress and Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Stress and Compassion Fatigue may result from providing crisis and trauma work to children, youth, or colleagues in learning environments.
Emotional labour in educational settings is provided by educational workers to create safe, caring, and joyous learning environments for children and youth.
Educational workers can build their compassion satisfaction by:
- Building empathetic relationships with the children and youth in their schools.
- Through experience: the more time educators spend working with children and youth, the more internal and external resources they build which makes them more effective with providing emotional labour.
- Having a positive worldview and feeling that they are appreciated and valued by the wider community and local governments.
- Educational workers wish to have a positive, long-term impact on the students with whom they work.
- Acknowledgement of their HEARTwork: Educational workers are drawn to the field they love for working with students or their love and expertise in a subject area.
- They are energized by caring for the educational needs of children and youth and passing their knowledge to the next generation.