Amid the pandemic shutdown, the notion of employee availability 24/7 became commonplace, particularly among IT workers, who found themselves always near their laptops. Many IT professionals have experienced burnout as a result of this, with stress and dissatisfaction affecting the quality of their work, personal relationships, and even mental health.
Employees figure out how to strike a balance while working remotely as companies worldwide shift to remote work at a record pace. While this has been a successful undertaking for many, it has had a tremendous impact on many personnel. According to a Monster study published by CNBC, 69% of employees are experiencing burnout symptoms.
Here are a few strategies IT leaders can use to avoid employee burnout and keep their teams happy, efficient, and healthy.
Adopt the agile product development technique
Any business must have a long-term vision, but short-term goals guarantee that development is consistent and controlled. As a result, industry experts advise adopting and sharing the agile product development technique with the team.
Agile helps IT employees avoid burnout by removing them from isolated and slow-moving situations. The first lesson taught by an agile approach to IT leaders is to confine their timescales and scope of work to two-week increments. Furthermore, each team member is given a chance to describe what went awry, what went well, and how they might improve. Every step becomes more manageable, and projects gain a degree of clarity that reduces the tension and confusion that may lead to burnout.
Although it may never be able to eliminate burnout completely, IT leaders should make efforts to ensure that their teams feel supported and acknowledged. IT executives may overlook immediate benefits; transitioning to more empathic and agile working practices will take time. They can ensure that every company member benefits by adopting these adjustments today.
Encourage time off and emphasize well-being
IT leaders must aggressively urge staff to take paid annual leave to combat burnout. Taking frequent breaks from work will enhance morale, productivity, and mental health.
Employees at IT businesses are increasingly being offered unlimited vacation time, but some have admitted to feeling guilty about taking time off. Employers must keep in mind that just providing employees extra vacation time will not solve the problem. A closer examination of the organization’s working culture is necessary.
They must have enough time to devote to their personal life outside of work. IT executives should encourage flexible or remote work options to facilitate work-life balance. This can also aid in the retention of top talent.
Employees should be discouraged from linking their work email to their personal devices so that they are not enticed to ‘check in’ outside of working hours. IT leaders should also respect their employees’ ‘home time’ by restricting non-essential business communications outside of their regular working hours.
Workplace flexibility should be implemented
While some workers are excited to return to the office, the majority choose to work remotely. According to the Gartner 2020 ReImagineHR Employee Survey, employees who have a lot of freedom regarding work frequency, location, and techniques performed at high levels.
It’s critical to have clear objectives and norms for hybrid work to achieve what Gartner terms “radical flexibility.” Newer workers may benefit from a blend of in-office onboarding and less remote workdays, while more seasoned staff may be given greater leeway.