“I can’t take it anymore!” or 5 reasons of IT specialists burnout

Stable emotional health is one of the main components for a comfortable life. But what can you do if you feel apathy, stress and a wild desire to leave IT? We have bad news – all this and some other moments are a part of a burnout process.

But it’s too early to get upset!

If you realize that you have these feelings in time, getting out of this state won’t be as difficult as it seems. Because even in the most neglected situations there is always a way out 😉

Today we’ll take a look at the top 5 causes of burnout. Avoid them if you want to maintain your mental health!

1. Bad attitude of colleagues and/or clients.

Frequent conflicts, inability to maintain a healthy dialogue and constant showdown lead to chronic stress. Yes, eventually you will adapt to the negativity around you and start thinking that it’s how it should be.

The spoiler: it’s not okay.

In such a situation you only accumulate stress, pretending that everything is fine. Ultimately, all this will result in terrible consequences.

2. Work of the same type.

Does each of your days look like the previous one while your life has switched to the autopilot mode? This is a clear sign that it’s time for changes. The same work routine day by day isn’t the best companion for productive work and a good life.

3. Standing still.

A career and personal growth is important for any IT specialist and it’s hard to argue with this fact.

No development ➡️ no demand ➡️ no stable income.

Thoughts about loss of income, lack of demand and prospects lead to regular anxiety in everyday life.

4. No leisure time.

By the word “leisure” we mean activities that aren’t related to working moments. It’s not about reading IT articles, planning weekdays, studying technical specifications from the client 🙂

Leisure is an important part of your life when you need to abstract from everything related to work.

5. Constant overtime work, always burning deadlines.

  • “I’ll take on an urgent project, it’s not a big deal.”
  • “I’ll work on weekends to get more money.”
  • “I’ll work now, have a rest later.”

The desire to earn money and please the client is great, of course. But it shouldn’t be more important than your moral welfare. Don’t abuse all the points above to protect yourself from burnout.

The burnout is close: how to recognize it and how to save yourself?

📍 Mistakes in daily tasks. You often make mistakes in routine tasks as well as need a lot of time to think and concentrate.

📍 Attempts to avoid communication. During burnout the desire to see anyone disappears – you simply don’t have enough energy for it 😥

📍 Loss of motivation and increased procrastination. You postpone today’s tasks until tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, the next week again and again… Moreover, you have no interest in work 🤷‍♀️

📍 New bad habits or worse old ones. It’s not only about smoking and alcohol but also about shopping addiction, gambling and frequent nail biting.

📍 Reduced self-esteem. You lose self-confidence and self-reliance — you get a feeling of instability, doubt, panic, anxiety.

It’s important that not only a specialist sees and recognizes burnout but his/her manager as well. Motivation provided in time is a great way to improve the emotional state 👌

Yes, it can be difficult. Sometimes burnout is invisible for the employee, so what to tell about his or her boss. That’s why it’s necessary to think through all aspects of maintaining effective work in a team 😉

Don’t let the company’s processes become uncontrolled and spontaneous and keep a healthy environment with WEEM.PRO.

Our team helps to recognize an employee’s burnout in time. In addition, we monitor adaptation, productivity, development and training of your staff!

How you can deal with burnout at work?

Of course, the ideal option is to entrust the fight against burnout to professionals. If there is no such possibility, but you want to know how to provide first self-help, these recommendations are for you:

  • relax, take a vacation and abandon work;
  • listen to yourself, start tracking your physical and emotional states;
  • put things in order wherever it’s possible: in relationships with people, at home, at the workplace;
  • find the burnout source and examine it — you can use theses from the previous post;
  • create a personal schedule, give up multitasking in favor of orderliness, but don’t rush yourself;
  • don’t be afraid to slow down — “successful success” won’t run away from you 🙂
  • find time for what makes you happy, gives you energy, inspires you — it can be a hobby, sport, communication with people, walks before going to sleep and much more.
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