Managing Developer Stress: Cracking Under The Pressure

In technology, where change is rapid and abrupt, software teams often burn out as a result of stress.

 

 

It's true for 83% of engineers in the UK, according to an analysis by Haystack.

 

Most said that it's worsened since the pandemic started.

 

According to the survey, there are a number of reasons for stress in the workplace, including increased workloads, fears based on uncertainty, isolation from loved ones and coworkers, and lack of support from employers. 

 

They are less productive, too, but the days when overtime and burnout were considered signs of diligence are gone.

 

Stress is not accepted as normal in the current workplace climate, as 78% of employees say that they plan, or have planned, to quit their jobs.

 

It is hard to find good software developers; keeping them becomes a challenge when companies ignore or remain unaware of their difficulties. 

 

Despite having different signs, stress is not easy to figure out.

 

Signs may vary depending on the person, but there are a few to look out for.

 

Here are some behavioral changes you may be able to detect:

 

  • Having trouble sleeping

 

  • Having headaches frequently

 

  • Loss of appetite

 

  • Energy levels have dropped

 

These points may require closer examination:

 

  • Over-worrying and anxiousness

 

  • A sudden memory loss

 

  • Being easily overwhelmed

 

  • Loss of the ability to concentrate due to overthinking

 

Consider the following strategies if you are a software developer who is overwhelmed by work pressures:

 

1. Inform your supervisors about your problems.

 

 

Despite being able to empathize with their team members, even empathetic managers can occasionally be unaware of their internal struggles.

 

Talking openly to a trusted leader may result in changes that can prevent similar stressful situations in the future.

 

2. Examine how you react to different situations.

 

It's not always the work itself that causes stress, but our response to it.

 

For instance, a developer can distinguish between the projects that are truly urgent amid the sea of similar requests, he or she will be saved from the stress of having to meet unrealistic demands.

 

3. Change your way of life.

 

It's not just about work; how we live also affects stress levels.

 

Poor sleeping habits can exhaust the body no matter what the task is.

 

Exercise increases energy levels, and eating well improves concentration.

 

 

4. Stop and take a deep breath.

 

Keeping your eyes on our problems only causes them to seem bigger.

 

When we rest the mind, we can gain clarity and see solutions more clearly.

 

Plan short breaks throughout the day, even on the busiest days.

 

Take 20-minute yoga, watch funny videos on youtube, or drink your favorite coffee while you're away from work.

 

 

5. Try to reach professional assistance.

 

 

Even if you control your emotions and circumstances better, you might still need support.

 

When you're reaching a breaking point, therapy and counseling are not shameful options.

 

Work with world leading tech businesses

We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative Tech companies.

Submit CV

Author

Maica Padillo
Senior Technical Headhunter
Work with world leading tech companies from the Philippines

Be up to date!

Sign up for our newsletters and get our latest outsourcing and tech news, and exclusive promotions.

If you’re interested to know more about our employee benefits and perks, you can download the booklet.

Download Now

Submit your CV today

One of our recruitment officers will get in touch with you!

    Our live jobs

    • Senior Front - End Developer - ANGULAR 6+

      Work with a leading UK company that works across multiple verticals within professional services globally, and has a skilled development team of 70 working remotely, operating across multiple continents. This is an outstanding opportunity for interested candidates to join a diverse team of experts, utilising some of the newest leading practises within frontend development.

    • Senior Full-Stack Ruby on Rails Developer

      A UK based award-winning Edutech platform business, working with Health & Social care organisations to ensure front line teams are fully trained and ready to help those in need. The company has seen an explosion of traction since Covid and their vision is to help save people’s lives.

    • Fullstack Wordpress & PHP Developer

      A brand development agency delivering high level growth with a multitude of companies across all levels, from corporates to SME's with globally known brands.

    • Ruby on Rails Developer

      As the sole developer in the team, you'll lead on all aspects and have a leading hand in shaping the future of the platform, working from back to front and playing a crucial part in the design, development and production of quality code. We're a close knit, remote working team and as such, you'll need to be self motivated and goal driven to keep everything moving at pace.

    • Senior PHP / Laravel Developer

      A leading UK company and is rapidly growing and recognised for their innovative service capabilities. With a legacy of many years at the forefront of the technology industry, they operate both nationally and internationally and place a premium on honesty, commitment and teamwork. With a solution strategically designed to support the ever-changing needs of service providers.

    • Wordpress Developer / SEO

      A leading UK digital marketing agency is looking for a highly skilled person to be their Wordpress Developer / SEO webmaster.

    • Senior Fullstack.Net Developer

      The company offers product and service stack presents end-to-end solutions for travel agents, tour operators, loyalty brands, hotels, conference destinations, OTAs and tourism organisations.

    • React JS Developer

      UK Company specialises in CRM memberships and subscription end clients.

    • Senior C++ Developer 14/17

      A UK leading institutional-grade exchange for trading asset-backed tokens (digital securities, security tokens, etc.).

    • React JS Developer

      A leading UK company well established in creating content apps and websites for their clients.

    How many hours do you want the developer to dedicate to working with you?

    What skillsets are you looking to hire?

    When do you need your developer to start ?