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Employee Burnout: A Matter of Instant Intervention Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Burnout is a legitimate mental health issue that is gradually rising in the IT industry. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), employee burnout is a result of chronic workplace stress observed among IT professionals.

In this article at CIO, Sharon Florentine explains that employee burnout can cripple the workforce. As an IT leader, you must monitor your team and support them to overcome this mental condition.

IT Professionals: Prone to Burnout

Prolonged exposure to distressing digital channels of communication and workload made IT professionals the soft target of burnout. Frequent transformation of roles, responsibilities, challenges, and exposures to competitive opportunities result in a breakdown.

According to a 2019 survey by Digital Ocean, a cloud services developer, about 82 percent of developers in the US experience burnout in their careers. Out of them, almost 38 percent attribute it to excess workload, while 31 percent hold long working hours as the culprit.

Impact on Business

Employee burnout is not limited to a few organizations or employees. It impacts the growth of the entire industry and the professional efficiency of the entire workforce. It can create a ripple effect on the consumers and the IT ecosystem by creating issues like employee attrition.

To save the business and maintain professional stability, organizations can form a burnout cell to identify prominent reasons for burnout. The experts can strategize effective ways to avert burnout and manage the productivity of an enterprise.

Organizations can even initiate hotlines to offer assistance and consultations to help employees overcome stress. Extending time-offs to regain focus through self-enhancement practices is a substantial initiative taken by technology giant Google. IT firms can consider such feasible options to maintain the mental well-being of their employees.

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