Perhaps due to the fact that it’s a booming industry that has accelerated its growth in the past decades, the tech industry is incredibly demanding on those employed in the field. That demand has a tendency of causing employee burnout, due to emotional and mental stressors that are put on individuals within the industry. Although there may be plenty looking to get into the tech industry, employee turnover is something that companies want to avoid if at all possible. Here’s a look into what causes employee burnout and how companies can go about taking it on in order to keep their employees motivated.
Is An Employee Burned Out?
The first thing that a company should ask is if they think an employee is truly burned out. The idea of being burned out means that an employee is so overwhelmed with certain stressors, that they have lost interest and desire to continue giving full effort into their job. This should not be confused with being lazy or unproductive, although those factors go into the total equation of being burned out.
Typically, burned out employees demonstrate a combination of characteristics such as exhaustion, inefficacy, and cynicism. These three characteristics are disruptive to the progress of any company.
What Factors Cause This Burnout?
There are a variety of factors that contribute to employees becoming burned out. Typically they come from a combination of work and personal issues. For example, if the job is asking for too much and giving too little in return, which happens quite often, the employee will likely begin feeling underpaid and undervalued. Overwhelming email inboxes are increasingly becoming a cause of burnout.
In conjunction with this, tech firms that don’t reward their employees or give them personal congratulatory rewards may also notice an increase in employee burnout. However, it isn’t always just based on the firm itself. Instead, there are plenty who simply lose interest in their job and what they’re doing, which can lead to a feeling of being burned out. Whether it’s from the company or an internal issue, there are plenty of factors that lead to employee burnout.
Counteracting Employee Burnout
One reason that tech companies can be so selective in who they hire while maintaining a sizable pool of applicants is because the industry is booming, and shows no signs of slowing down. However, that doesn’t mean that companies should look at their employees as replaceable or not valuable. Instead, having employees that are committed to the job and feel valued are much more likely to work harder and be dedicated to what they do. Furthermore, these employees are much less likely to get burned out. Not only should tech companies show their employees that they’re valued and appreciated, but they should also aim to give them a work environment that they enjoy being in and want to be at.
Successful tech companies are those that find a way to balance rewarding their employees and keeping them motivated. By doing this, employees are less likely to get burned out and will continue working hard. A vital lesson that tech firms will likely learn with too much turnover is that a loyal employee is much better than countless burned out ones that continually need to be replaced.