By: Leslie Alvarez; CMCA, AMS, LSM, & PCAM
These past several years have been indescribably stressful for everyone. Economic concerns after a year’s long pandemic, lack of socialization, mask-wearing, and general fear and anxiety have only increased the slow erosion of kindness and empathy we have seen devolve over the past few years.
In our business, verbal and written abuse have reached new, unacceptable levels, and basic respect and common courtesy are no longer so common. We are told not to take the job personally, but it is personal. It's our livelihood. It's our reputation. It's our name. It is very hard to not take insults and rudeness personally. Our health takes a toll.
One time I lost 20 pounds in less than six months due to the stress of a position, and I have seen and experienced other managers suffering other stress-induced health issues. I believe it's time for some important behavioral changes in the industry.
We need a significant focus and shift to ensure community managers are treated with respect and courtesy. It all starts with setting reasonable boundaries for your mental and physical health. If more of us do that, we can start a movement and create real industry change for the next generation of community managers.
Here are a few boundaries to establish to maintain a healthy work-life balance:
Let's not just talk about change, let's go make it happen.
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