Burnout is a slow and insidious process. Lack of rest, a toxic atmosphere, and excessive stress are just a fraction of the factors contributing to the growing strain on the body. The limit is crossed when small signs of burnout, signaling its slow onset, become so overwhelming that an employee becomes completely ineffective.
Burnout in the IT industry
Burnout has become a real threat in the IT industry. According to the “Study to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Software Engineers” report, a whopping 83% of software engineers have experienced burnout, while only 17% have not encountered this phenomenon. Among them, 55%, the majority, reported experiencing a “high” or “moderate” level of burnout.
The phenomenon of burnout is becoming increasingly common. Studies show that more and more employees are experiencing burnout symptoms that affect both their professional efficiency and personal lives. There is an urgent need to take action to counteract this phenomenon. Not surprisingly, data from the Kronos Center indicates that as many as 95% of HR managers in the United States believe that burnout affects employee retention. The burnout problem is reaching companies worldwide.
Why it’s worth preventing burnout in a team
Although it doesn’t appear overnight and is difficult to diagnose initially, several actions can effectively combat burnout. Preventing burnout in a team has become a crucial matter for maintaining a healthy work environment. It’s essential to consider the scale of this phenomenon and understand why it should be a significant part of team management. It impacts not only individual employee productivity but also the overall team’s productivity and the well-being of its members. A team where everyone feels motivated, appreciated, and free from burnout is capable of achieving better results. Therefore, it’s worth investing time and effort in developing burnout prevention strategies within the team.
Recognizing exhaustion symptoms in a team is a key step in preventing this phenomenon. Common fatigue symptoms include chronic tiredness, apathy, loss of motivation, decreased work efficiency, irritability, social isolation, and both mental and physical health problems. It’s essential to be vigilant about these signs and take action when they appear.
These symptoms should not be trivialized or ignored. Early detection of burnout symptoms allows for preventive action and avoids more serious consequences. Conversations with employees, open communication, and access to psychological support can help identify problems at an early stage.
Strategies to prevent burnout
Balancing work and personal life is a crucial element of a healthy and productive professional life. Supporting employees in this area can bring many benefits, both for them and for the organization. Here are some ways to develop this balance:
- Encouraging work-life balance: Employees need time for relaxation, spending time with family and friends, and pursuing their passions and hobbies. Employers can support this balance by offering flexible working hours, encouraging the use of vacation days, and avoiding excessive overtime assignments.
- Developing stress management skills: Employees often experience pressure and stress at work. Therefore, it’s essential to organize stress management training to help employees cope effectively with challenging situations, maintain composure, and prevent burnout.
- Monitoring workload: Employers should ensure that workloads are realistic and reasonable. Excessive workloads can lead to burnout. Therefore, it’s important to regularly analyze workload and respond to warning signs, such as excessively long working hours or a lack of time for rest.
- Regular employee surveys: Conducting satisfaction and burnout level surveys is a crucial part of managing the team’s energy resources and controlling and detecting early signs of burnout. Regular surveys allow for the observation of the initial symptoms and the implementation of necessary actions promptly.
The Vivelio survey platform is a tool that allows you to gather and analyze data related to both your team’s mental state and performance levels. Dive deeper into behavioral indexes and decision paths. Take action at the early stages of the emerging problem.
Preventing in a team is not only a matter of employee well-being but also a crucial factor affecting the productivity and success of the entire organization. Recognizing symptoms of exhaustion and implementing effective preventive strategies can bring significant benefits.
It’s essential to remember that Mental Health Week is an excellent opportunity to initiate actions in this area. We encourage all teams to take steps to promote a healthier work environment and prevent. Investing in the well-being of your employees is essential, as they are the key to the success of any organization.