Burnout in Tech

Salime El Yacoubi writes about burnout in the tech sphere.

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Salime El Yacoubi Burnout

Burnout is something pervasive in almost every industry, and certainly tech is no different. With this in mind – especially within the confines of a culture that has dubbed one of their largest places “the city that never sleeps”, it’s imperative that we get down to the root of this issue.

First things first…

What Causes Burnout

  1. Too Much Work — it’s normal for work to pile up from time to time, but if you’re consistently drowning in projects and deadlines, this is not a healthy way to live.
  2. No Results — when it’s hard to see the fruit of your work, a lot of people will become dissatisfied, carrying around a pervading sense of a lack of accomplishment.
  3. No Time Off — if you’re constantly working, you’re going to get burnout out. Bragging about how little we sleep and how busy we are is a virtue in and of itself, we need to take care of ourselves.

How To Address Burnout

Especially with an industry like tech, where everything is about the next big thing and about the hustle, it’s important to take the time to evaluate our path. If you’re beginning to feel inclinations of burnout, one of the first things we can do is stay thankful. Gratitude is a great remedy for a number of maladies. From there, it’s important to address – with leadership or even with yourself – antidotes to the above mentioned points. Focusing on your workload and how much you’re actually working is huge. Often, the roots of burnout are simple, but it’s important to remember they do go down deep. Taking the time to trace things back to the source and giving both yourself and others grace in the process is huge, and it will certainly pay off in the long run.

While this list is far from exhaustive, I do hope these tips can help you better address the circumstance 

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