Friday 21 December 2012

MC Tools—10

Assessing Work-Life Balance
The Harvest, by Pieter Bruegal the Elder (1565)
We are sharing some tools to support personal growth, relationship health, organizational development, and overall effectiveness for mission/aid workers. Hopefully you will find them to be creative, useful, and at times even fun. They are some of our favourites.
These items build upon the 12 tools for “Running Well and Resting Well” that we included as a chapter in Doing Member Care Well (2002). More tools and guidelines specifically for team building are included in our “Tools for Team Viability” article, in the member care book we edited in 1992.
Our Reality DOSE! website includes links to several online tools. Go to the section called Giants, Foxes, Wolves, and Flies.  At the bottom you will find a listing of several free tools you can use for yourself and with others.  For example, in this entry we are highlighting two self-assessment tools for work-life balance that are included in this listing. Give them a try!
1. Self-Care and Lifestyle Balance Inventory (25 items), Headington Institute
2. Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL 5), available in 17 languages (note: according to the website, the ProQOL measures “the negative and positive effects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue.”

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