Employers, Don’t Be the Source of Tech Burnout: Support the Mental Health of Your Team

The tech industry is renowned for its fast-paced environment, relentless innovation, and high expectations. While these factors drive technological advancement, they also contribute to a prevalent issue in today’s society: tech burnout. Addressing tech burnout is about your employees’ well-being, but it is also crucial to maintain productivity and foster a sustainable workplace for your business to succeed. Your employers are the foundation of your company so you must ensure they are being taken care of by recognizing, preventing, and mitigating burnout among tech teams.

Here are some ways to effectively combat the growing issue.


Listening to Tech Employees


Creating a culture where employees feel heard is essential. This can look like regular feedback sessions, anonymous surveys, and suggestion boxes that can offer insights into what employees need to thrive. According to Dice, tech employees often feel overwhelmed due to a lack of control over their workload and insufficient support from management. Employers must actively listen and respond to these concerns to foster a supportive work environment.


Stages of Burnout


To be attentive to tech burnout, you have to know what to look out for. While it develops over time, burnout can manifest in different stages for each employee. However, the signs are there, you just have to catch them. A long-standing Yerbo State of Tech Burnout report outlines the stages, which we have summarized here:


  1. The first phase usually starts with exhaustion which doesn’t allow employees to restore their energy for the next workday. According to CIO, this fatigue can be as serious as causing employees to “develop depression, cardiovascular problems and other illnesses exacerbated by stress.”


  1. Next comes low self-esteem, when you can’t accomplish things for an extended time you start to doubt yourself and lose motivation. Following these feelings comes “detachment and cynicism” since employees don’t feel satisfied with what they are doing.


  1. Lastly, comes “depersonalization” where the person completely shuts down as a form of coping. Psychology Today states that if this is left untreated, the symptoms of burnout become life-altering, leading to experiences of ongoing struggles both physically and mentally.


Implementing Supportive Policies


To avoid tech burnout happening to the people at your company, here are several strategies to implement that can reduce tech burnout:


  1. Manageable Workloads:
    Ensure that workloads are realistic and manageable. This could involve hiring additional staff, redistributing tasks, or setting more realistic timelines. Prioritizing this policy is crucial because a huge factor of burnout comes from unreasonable workloads.
  2. Promoting Work-Life Balance:
    Don’t place shame or negativity on taking breaks or vacations. Embrace and encourage personal time; establishing a company culture that respects personal time is essential.
  3. Providing Mental Health Resources:
    Offering access to mental health resources such as counseling services, stress management workshops, and wellness programs. Normalize the use of these resources to reduce any stigma that might be present in your company.
  4. Transparent Communication:
    Lastly, one of the most important factors you can have in your company: is transparency. Maintaining open and honest communication about company goals, changes, and expectations helps employees feel valued and informed. Additionally, create a space where they feel comfortable informing you how they feel and asking for help should they need it.


Corrective Measures for Tech Burnout

If burnout is already present, corrective measures should be taken immediately:

  • Offer immediate relief: Consider giving burned-out employees additional time off or reducing their workload temporarily.
  • Professional support: Encourage them to seek professional help if needed and provide resources to facilitate this.
  • Reevaluate roles: Sometimes, a change in role or responsibilities can help reignite an employee’s passion and reduce burnout.


Addressing tech burnout requires a multifaceted approach. By recognizing the signs of burnout, actively listening to employees, and implementing supportive policies, employers can create a healthier, more sustainable work environment. The tech industry’s drive for innovation should not come at the cost of its most valuable asset: its people.

At Prosum, we believe in bringing technology and people together. Therefore by using proactive measures, we can ensure that tech professionals remain engaged, productive, and most importantly, healthy.