In what may be considered a case of drowning in a desert, nervous employees are feeling the pinch in the current tight employment market. Increasingly burdensome workloads, long hours and the knowledge that the next candidate is breathing down your neck for your job, are all placing pressure on workers to push themselves harder, for longer.
In many industries, including IT, it is becoming increasingly commonplace to hear of revolving door cultures resulting in valuable employees falling through the cracks.
Identifying talented, enthusiastic aspirants through targeted, early recruitment strategies, can prevent these situations and assist candidates in reaching their full potential. The alternative scenario may find them surreptitiously scouring job sites and recruitment channels for the proverbial ‘rip cord’.
Overwork, gender bias, time consuming minutiae, pressured sales quotas and poor workplace culture are all cited as contributing factors, particularly prevalent in the tech industry. Creative, technical and sales staff are all driven by the need to succeed.
Ascending the corporate ladder in this environment can feel like it is done wearing lead boots, you may reach your ultimate goal but it is an exhausting way to achieve your ambitions. It may be time to put down the phone and step away from the computer…
Blurred lines – no longer nine to five
Smartphones, iPads, email, tablets, laptops—we are constantly exposed to a smorgasbord of digital devices and technology. This sweeping accessibility is one single major factor in ‘workaholism’.
The expectation is that we are all available 24/7/365. Weekends, which were once earmarked as family or downtime, have somehow melded with the working week—employees are now on permanent ‘standby’ mode, with phones deemed a necessary accessory at dinner, in bed and even on the loo (for some).
According to job burnout specialist Professor Michael Leiter, the issue is caused by a blurring of the lines between work and home life. For those feeling the pressure to be constantly available, he says, it is up to the individual to draw a clear boundary as it is unlikely an employer will proactively do so.
Often this begins by lowering self-imposed excessive or unreasonable professional expectations—accepting and understanding your own limitations.
Professor Leiter believes the answer could also lay in businesses implementing fundamental values such as civility and fairness. These simple courtesies are vital in creating more engaged and fulfilling work environments thus lowering the risk of burnout—in other words, play nice.