As an IT professional you may feel like you are pulled in a million directions every given day. The livelihood of the company falls on your shoulders as you are tasked with ensuring 100 percent uptime and the constant flow of information. For tech teams, this can mean high-stress levels and enhanced stress symptoms that can be detrimental to your health.
According to recent studies, as many as 57 percent of IT employees are considering leaving their job because of increased stress levels. With added pressure to employ and implement new technologies with seamless integration, an IT worker may display high blood pressure, back pain, sleepless nights or even physical pain that can be relentless. There are some things that can be done to help manage it though…
Increase your workforce
The more hands you have on deck, the more skills and capabilities that your tech team has. With each IT employee bringing something different to the table it can be easier to cover the technology needs of your company. Having the right amount of team players to complete a job can ensure you are able to leave at a decent hour each day and get the much-needed sleep you deserve.
Take a break
When there is so much work to do, it can seem counterintuitive to take a break from the action, but your body will thank you later for the reprieve. Getting away from the task you are working on even for a moment can make all the difference in your day. Giving your mind a break can help you recharge and refresh, making it easier to accomplish the job when you return.
Leave it at the door
It is easy to bring the job home with you each day. But, it is important and key to your health that you check your worries at the door when you leave each day. Constantly worrying about everything that needs to get done and problems that could occur can make for sleepless nights, leaving you tired the next day and burdened by stress. Realize that your body needs a break and the issues you are concerned with will not get solved overnight.
Get some exercise
Everyone needs a little exercise in their life and ensuring you get at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping movement each day can help you deal with your stress symptoms. Allow yourself to do an activity that you enjoy. Take a walk. Spend time in the gym. Kickbox or strike a yoga pose. Do whatever you need to get your frustrations out and lower that stress level.
Sleep for eight hours
Depriving yourself of sleep only adds to the stress you are feeling each day. With your busy life, it can be difficult to fit everything in each day. Making sure that you retire at an earlier hour can alleviate those stress symptoms that are wreaking havoc on your life. Plan for eight hours of sleep each night, and you will find that you feel physically ready to face the day in the morning.
Learn to say no
Everyone wants to please and being a yes-man can zap the energy right out of you. Doing more than you are physically capable of and pushing yourself to extremes can also push you over the edge. Accept your limitations and know when it is OK to say no. Realize that you are only one person and that others will respect you for saying no when it just can’t be accomplished in the timeframe you have available. Knowing your limitations can enhance your job performance and allow you to reduce your overall stress on the job.
Incorporating stress management tools into your daily life can help you reduce the overwhelming stress symptoms that an IT professional experiences on any given day. If your IT workplace stress levels are shooting through the roof, it’s time to look at adding to your tech team. Resolute Technologies can help. We can increase your staffing with highly-qualified candidates that are ready to take on your increased technology workload. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!