It is fair to say that many who work in the IT or tech industry feel that some days can be challenging and stressful. Of course, that does come a bit with the territory. However, there is a difference between having a few stressful days here and there compared to becoming exhausted in the workplace and simply feeling burned out. Almost monthly, we see a conversation in the Spiceworks Community about burnout.
While it is not the same for everyone, the common reasons behind feeling burned out at work tend to be:
Unfair treatment ranging from bias, favoritism, and mistreatment by others in your organization
Lack of role clarity, especially where your job title and responsibilities are not quite aligned
Unreasonable time constraints and pressure
Lack of communication and support from your manager or organization
Last but not least, an overwhelming workload
While I am fond of saying you can't unburn toast, luckily, burnout is actually repairable and, better yet, not inevitable. The further down that road you go (in getting burnt out), the harder it is to come back, but it is undoubtedly doable.
But the real question is; how do you deal with burnout?
For me, there are a few things I attempt. The obvious one is that I talk with people. My team. My boss. And, of course, friends who I can be a bit more direct with. Sometimes, those conversations are about finding ways to resolve or at least mitigate what is causing the stress. But, to be honest, sometimes it just feels good to talk about it and get it off my chest.
The other thing I try (but don't always succeed) is playing the see-saw game of balancing my work and personal life. Of course, personal life can be stressful and can directly link to how you're feeling at work. I know I have had days where something outside of work was definitely affecting me at work. But, I have been lucky in that those two rarely spike at the same time, so when work stresses me out, I find things to do in my personal life (such as jumping on my favorite at the moment PvP game or turning up the music really loud) to help me feel better. And there have been days where personal stuff has gotten to me, and I dive into and lose myself in work for a bit.
Vote in the poll below (don't worry, it's anonymous!) on how you're feeling lately regarding burnout. But, more importantly, if you have some tips and tricks for dealing with burnout, I know many out there would appreciate hearing them, so post them below.