As part of his studies at Wollongong University, Leigh Robinson conducted research into the impact of coaching upon burnout in volunteers.
The conclusion arrived at through this research is that:
coaching has a positive impact upon the management of burnout in volunteers. Coaching led to: an awareness in the volunteers of their personal strengths, a reduction in stress, an increased ability to cope, having direction, being better equipped to talk things through and being aware of the risk of burnout. From this it can be said that organisations which use volunteers in the operation of their business or program will benefit from the use of qualified coaches to manage the risk of burnout in their volunteers and to achieve more positive outcomes. The volunteers will benefit personally from the coaching and will gain a greater ability to properly function in their normal work, domestic and volunteer roles. The flow on effect of this phenomenon is an increase in productivity in both the workplace and the volunteer context and a more relaxed domestic situation.