IT burnout: Causes and solutions (free PDF)

Stress and burnout aren’t unique to the IT field, but a combination of urgency, impatient users, and constantly changing technologies can put extra pressure on IT pros. This ebook looks at 10 common stress-inducing aspects of IT work—and suggests solutions for mitigating those issues.

From the ebook

Burnout is a problem for any line of work, especially for people performing tasks or functions they hate or find utterly uninspiring. IT professionals are at a particularly high risk for burnout due to the challenges of maintaining order in a chaotic, ever-changing world, often rife with stress and unexpected roadblocks.

It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s a shame when people find themselves driven to making employment or career changes because IT moves too quickly (or slowly). With that in mind, here are 10 major sources of stress in IT along with tips on how to alleviate them.

1. Boring or repetitive work
Nothing makes a career in IT grow stale more quickly than doing the same thing over and over again. Whether it’s setting up user accounts, building systems, solving printer woes or—worst of all—the dreaded password reset requests, your job grows dull when it feels like you’re living in the film Groundhog Day. It’s still a paycheck, but it comes with a price: lack of career or personal fulfillment.

The solution: Delegate anything and everything you can. A seasoned IT veteran shouldn’t waste time resetting passwords or performing low-level work. Automate what you can’t delegate. I wrote a piece last year on how to reduce account lockouts and password resets, which includes some advice in that realm.

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