How Technology Can Help Reduce Burnout

Burnout can be a somewhat tricky topic. Many people will feel burned out at multiple points in their life, or even in a given year.

Burnout can be a somewhat tricky topic. Many people will feel burned out at multiple points in their life, or even in a given year. Despite this palpable feeling of work-centered exhaustion that people often combat with a weekend of quiet rest, comfort eating, and maybe a little trashy TV, actual burnout is a much more serious condition requiring more intensive treatment.

Burnout is often described as a feeling of emptiness and ambivalence toward both a person’s work and general life. It tends to have many symptoms in common with chronic depression. Most professions come with a risk of burnout, but certain high-intensity jobs can often carry with them much higher risks of burnout.

However, that doesn’t mean we have to suffer on our own. Fortunately, certain forms of technology can help reduce burnout in all of its iterations.

Let’s take a closer look at specific kinds of technology that you can use to combat and overcome any feelings of burnout that you may experience.

Team Scheduling Apps

Statistically, one of the most prominent sources of burnout in the workforce is unmanageable workloads. Another similar issue is an unrealistic or unreasonable time constraint on projects. Time and productivity are a common problem for most people, even discounting burnout. Luckily, there is an app for that.

Apps such as Deputy and Connectteam are designed to operate both as personal planners for projects as well as offer a shareable feature for coordinating with other team members. On the personal side of things, it allows users to organize their schedules the same way a physical planner or calendar app might. What makes these more technologically advanced apps better is their integration with other apps on your phone or computer.

Deputy, specifically, also includes a financial feature for managers, allowing them to schedule payments for their employees and track hours and salaries over time. This streamlines the administrative work needed and condenses a lot of different programs into one. Both apps also allow for real-time communication on certain tasks.

Advanced scheduling apps directly help combat burnout by condensing and streamlining as many aspects of a work-life balance into one as possible and allow for communication between team members. When people aren’t bogged down by repetitive tasks that don’t pertain to their actual jobs, they may have an increased sensation of work satisfaction.

Sleep Tracking Apps

While this may not seem outwardly work-related, it is entirely burnout-related. Part of the problem with tight deadlines and heavy workloads is the inability to get out from under them. Many people remark that they have the most trouble unplugging from the constant crushing weight of their responsibilities even while they sleep.

SleepScore and similar apps may not help you get projects done or deal with unhelpful team members directly, but it can go a long way to help you recharge and reset to be able to approach these situations better. SleepScore is a smartphone app that tracks your sleep habits and reports back to you on when you woke up or moved.

The app intends to help you have a more restful night of sleep. While it does not currently integrate with most scheduling apps, using it side-by-side with one allows you to gain a holistic view of your day and encourages a healthy work-life balance. 

Knowing how you can improve your sleep schedule is the first step to getting the rest you need to feel better and lower your stress.

Communal Online Spaces for Employees

The final topic we will discuss has less to do with a certain app and more to do with a general way of using technology to combat burnout in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes our physical workspaces are stifling, and even the cordial emails from superior and team members come off a bit spartan and impersonal. Neither of these needs to be the case.

Having a digital space to talk about work with coworkers without needing it to be strictly about specific projects, simply a space to communicate and be a team, can be greatly beneficial to everyone involved. Studies show that a lack of engagement between employees in a company can also be a major contributor to burnout.

If employees feel like they are seen and can connect, they no longer feel isolated and put upon to nearly the same degree. If you want a way to decrease burnout using technology, then look no further.


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