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Yes, Burnout in Web Development Is Real — Let’s Focus on 4 Reasons Why

Perhaps it’s inevitable when you participate in the very act of creation.

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In this day and age, our vocabulary is flourishing — as if we suddenly managed to add so many new words and terms because of the ever-changing and newly acquired states, feelings, moods, and thoughts we witness and experience.

Burnout is, by far, one of the most popular and widely-used terms, at least during the past several years. Its true nature, unfortunately, sometimes describes quite adequately and precisely the feelings we are getting out of a specific activity. Burnout is usually closely connected to anxiety, stress, pressure, unwillingness, or disability to keep on going forward with a particular job/task/situation, as well as countless physical and mental discomforts.

Burnout is also often associated with certain types of jobs. It’s only logical for us, human beings, to find it hard to deal with some tasks or professional duties, among others. If there is a job that frequently finds its place on the burnout list, it’s being a web developer. In today’s article, I’d be happy to try to explain why this happens, according to my own personal experience in the field.

Burnout is real and it can cause damage

Before we get down to the connection between burnout and web development, I’d like to first pay attention to some of the burnout’s most prominent features.

In a nutshell, burnout syndrome is present after a prolonged time of stress and pressure. If a person lives under a constant amount of stress for a long time, it’s quite likely for them to get triggered by all those negative emotions. There isn’t a strict answer to how much stress is much stress. We all know that each one of us is different in terms of durability and ability to deal with pressure — there are people who can manage to live under stress for years, while others would fall victims after just a few weeks.

Of course, many would say that this durability is defined by our emotionality — the more emotional a person is, the more likely is for them to experience burnout. But we shouldn’t forget that there are many other factors that contribute — current health status, financial stability (or lack of), an overall feeling of content and happiness, etc. We simply cannot outline strict criteria of who is threatened with experiencing burnout.

The silver lining is that, usually, there are signs that a person might be closer to burnout than they think. That’s why it’s important for everyone to pay close attention to how are they feeling, both physically and mentally.

In this article by helpguide.org we can gather much useful information both on burnout symptoms, as well as valuable managing techniques and tips:

The IT industry marks an increasing amount of people suffering from burnout

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A study of more than 36,200 tech workers finds that two in five employees want to quit due to excessive stress, exhaustion and a broken work-life balance.

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Several studies have shown that people involved in the IT and tech industry are much more prone to experiencing burnout. Since these types of jobs and careers are much desired nowadays and much sought after, I thought the reasons behind this are worth being mentioned.

Before we get down to focusing on 4 reasons which I believe are very important when it comes to burnout, first I’d like to mention a certain aspect of the web development job. It’s an act of creation, above all — everything that comes out as a product out of your hands, body, or mind is viewed as something special, something worth appreciation. Therefore web developers are much more prone to feeling anxious since the product or the service they are presenting to the world is their own creation — we all fear being judged to some extent. This act of creating art is a good standpoint as to why developers tend to feel a bit more stressed out and under constant pressure.

Now, let’s focus on 4 of some of the most frequent and popular reasons behind IT burnout:

  • Fast-coming deadlines are a thing — when a developer takes on a project, usually it goes along with a deadline. The client has not only had expectations regarding the end result, but they are also anticipating when the product will be ready to run. This deadline-oriented fast-paced job is prone to accumulating pressure — therefore, burnout is quite likely to occur.
  • Sometimes the developer is given vague product requirements — I’m sure the majority of developers have stumbled upon a client who is not entirely sure how they’d want the product to come out. If a developer witnesses a constant change in the product’s footprints, this can also accumulate stress, especially if they hear often that the mock-up of their work is not meeting the client’s standards.
  • Many developers often work on several projects simultaneously — in a developer’s work, concentration and focus are a must. Imagine having to constantly switch between projects, each and every one of them having different deadlines, requirements, specifications, etc. If this is a one-time thing, the developer will surely manage. But what if it’s a state of work for the individual? Certainly, at some point, they will face overworking and stress-driven physical and mental discomfort.
  • Being seated all day every day has its downfalls — a typical developer’s day usually goes by in a seated position in an office or at home. We know that an active lifestyle is very important both for our physical and mental well-being. Imagine having to sit all day in a chair, staring at a screen for a minimum of 8 hours. This type of job environment can surely take its toll on the developer’s overall well-being. Of course, there are many ways in which we can further improve our day-to-day, but for now, I think it’s important to just mention this obstacle since I believe many fellow developers tend to underestimate the effect of being seated all day every day. The lack of activity can surely make us more prone to feeling depressed, and not expressing desire or curiosity in pretty much every sphere of life.

The bottom line

When we think about burnout in the IT industry, we usually think of working on complex projects that require ever-evolving skills and knowledge. Having constant communication with the clients or the managers can also increase the risk of stress and pressure. The above-mentioned reasons are just the tip of the iceberg — of course, they are many more that lead developers down the pitfall of anxiety and tiredness.

If we all begin to pay attention to how we feel and what we need, I think we all have a good chance to avoid burnout merely because we would be much more aware of it coming.

Hi, guys, I’m Ivan and I’m here to share with all of you my passion for words, great content, entrepreneurship, personal development, management, hobbies, and everything in between.

I serve as the CEO of my WordPress Development Agency @ Vipe Studio where I have the pleasure to lead a diverse, wonderful and energetic team of experts. Feel free to contact me anytime — I would love to exchange new ideas and inspire each other!

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Ivan Popov

Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.