Professional burnout is a severe type of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion. It occurs mostly among people engaged in intensive work or stressful professional activities. According to market research, job burnout is a common issue in the IT world:
Source: The state of burnout in tech
The truth is the first symptoms are frequently overlooked. After all, who never had any problems with getting to work early in the morning? However, if your discouragement persists, you ought to take a closer look at your situation .
Christina Maslach, a well-known psychologist working at the University of California, claims that burnout can be divided into three major stages:
Stage 1: Emotional exhaustion This stage is characterised by fatigue and aversion to work, loss of strength, procrastination, constant tension, and mood swings.
Stage 2: Depersonalisation This stage is mostly based on the loss of sensitivity towards others. It is psychological distancing from superiors, co-workers and clients. For a person at this stage, relationships at work are becoming more superficial, formal and cynical, sometimes even filled with anger.
Stage 3: Loss of faith in yourself and your achievements.
At this stage, the employee doubts their own achievements and professional competencies and questions the meaningfulness of their work.
According to data published by Statista, job burnout is common across Europe. However, there are four countries where this phenomenon affects over 60% of surveyees: Poland, Romania, Serbia, Czechia.
When you take a look at Poland, you will see a clear correlation between the amount of time spent at work and job burnout. And Poles surely do work a lot. According to Eurostat data from 2021, an employee in Poland worked an average of 40.4 hours a week. This is the third-highest score among the 28 countries surveyed by Eurostat!
In 2021, only the Greeks worked more than Poles (on average, 41.3 hours a week). And right behind us was Romania, with a score of 40.2 hours, which is also the number two country on the job burnout chart:
On the other hand, the least burned-out country is Germany, with a result of 50%. Simultaneously, Germans spend less time at work (on average, 34.5 hours per week).
Who’s (or what’s) to blame? Usually, there are three major reasons for job burnout:
Other reasons comprise organisational changes, pressure at work, deadlines, work conflicts, lack of work-life balance, lack of self-development and lack of motivation on the employer's side.
According to aforementioned Christina Maslach, the working environment itself plays a big role here. If it is hostile, stressful and too emotionally and psychologically demanding, it is conducive to job burnout. Therefore, the responsibility for the employee's well-being does not rest solely on them but also on the shoulders of the entire company.
The work specificity in IT also plays a vital role. Long hours spent at the computer and lack of contact with other people can also cause job burnout.
Undoubtedly, the job burnout problem shouldn't be underestimated.
For starters, from the employee perspective, job burnout is detrimental to their whole life. It results in the deterioration of the comfort of life, depression and disturbance of family ties.
On the other hand, for the employer, job burnout results in overtired, cynical and discouraged employees who don't work as effectively as they could in a more friendly and balanced workplace.
Job burnout results in :
The results for the company are also worth noting :
Whether in IT or in any other market sector, job burnout is a severe problem that needs to be addressed. Here’s what we do at NoA Ignite to deal with and minimise this problem:
Job burnout is a severe problem. Thankfully, you can deal with it.
If you run a company, start by creating a balanced and employee-friendly atmosphere. We hope the suggestions mentioned in this article will help you implement your vision and put it to work.
And if you are an employee and you’re currently looking for an open and friendly workplace, we can’t wait to see your resume!
People & Communication Specialist
Martyna is an experienced specialist who takes care of our employees’ wellbeing. She also organises many events and integration initiatives, as well as oversees CSR matters at NoA Ignite. Privately, she’s interested in psychology, astrology and fashion.
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