- Be proud of your profession, its values and ethics. Contributing to an environment where social work values and ethics are respected (and talked about) can lead to greater work satisfaction.
- Develop a 12 month professional development plan (even if you have to pay yourself!). Professional development is the life-blood for all professionals – better than a face lift for reinvigorating and inspiring tired, overworked social workers.
- Inoculate against robotic and routine activities. Schedule in time for regular professional supervision (after hours or by telephone if need be).
- Connect with other social workers. Join a professional association or interest group, start one yourself or simply hang out with your peers.
- Establish ground rules around work/ life balance. If you find your case notes in the freezer and the steak in your desk drawer you’re in trouble!
Remember above all things, it is your clients and service users who value what you do most.