Burnout In Tech: What Causes It And How To Deal With It

What Is Burnout?

  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • Increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  • A sense of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment

Signs of Burnout

  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Change of sleep patterns and eating habits
  • Lowered immunity and frequent illness
  • Headaches and muscle pains
  • Chronic feelings of self-doubt and a sense of failure
  • Loss of motivation and decreased satisfaction at work
  • Feeling no control over life
  • Loneliness and detachment
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Being irritable around coworkers
  • Isolating oneself from others
  • Procrastinating
  • Withdrawing from responsibilities
  • Inability to concentrate

Causes of Burnout

  • Lack of recognition and inadequate rewards
  • Poor leadership and unclear expectations
  • Unmanageable workload and unreasonable deadlines
  • Lack of support and opportunities for professional growth
  • Toxic workplace: conflicts between coworkers, bullying, unfair treatment by managers, etc.
  • Poor work-life balance and an inability to unplug from work
  • Inability to delegate tasks and the urge to always be in control
  • Perfectionism

Prevalence of Tech Industry Burnout

How to Reduce Employee Burnout in the Tech Industry

#1 Role clarity

#2 Communication

#3 Safe environment

#4 Flexibility

#5 Access to counseling resources

How Can Tech Employees Prevent Burnout?

#1 Establishing clear boundaries

#2 Letting go of perfectionism

#3 Building healthy relationships with colleagues

#4 Proper self-care

#5 Professional help

Conclusion

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