Here, an argument is presented that most attention given to the acknowledged & growing problem of burnout of workers in the museum industry is given to the ‘self-care’ of burnout symptoms. The critical employer responsibility for the ‘root cause’ of the problem is ‘winked’ at in favour of addressing only the symptoms, NOT the CAUSES of burnout.
Recommendation that the CMA special members’ meeting add poor working conditions to the concerns addressed in the proposed Mandate Letter for the CMA Board and Executive Director & that poor working conditions in museums be among the considerations for disposition at the CMA AGM.
This post argues the imperative for Quality of Working Lives in museums be an absolutely necessary consideration for CMA input during the process of developing a new Canadian national museums policy. “All” stakeholders in the field are called on to begin addressing the long-standing unethical—if not illegal—working conditions that have plagued the museum field revealed by formal & informal research & commentary published from the 1980s up to the present.
Ten recommendations are presented that arise from a museum worker lens on the July 2020 Strategic Plan of the Canadian Museums Association.
Bringing an important reference to a recent New Yorker article on the wider world of work into comparative focus, this post makes the case for nation- and even continent-wide research on the Quality of Working Lives in the museum industry. Anecdotal evidence of museum practitioner burnout and related ill-health is growing, but scant attention is being paid to the worsening human resources crisis in the field.
In response to commentary by the American Association for State & Local History President and CEO, this post provides critical analysis of the lack of attention paid to the human resource crisis in the heritage field resulting from chronic workplace stress and burnout that is not being successfully managed.
Access to the Solving Task Saturation for Museum Workers blog analyses & strong recommendations for improving working conditions in the museum field has now been substantially improved.
Important opportunity to participate in academic research on working conditions in museums.
Cross-promotions of the 2 most recent blog posts Ballooning Expectations” & “Background on Problematic Standards” have generated commentaries on other …
We need to critically analyse the impact of professional museum standards on the professionals who have to put them into practice given the extensive content &—significantly—the nature of the standards undifferentiated by size of museum in question, especially under the chronic under-funding of human and other resources available to small museums to put them into practice.