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Well-being in the Technology Sector: Challenges and Solutions for a Healthy Work Environment

Publication date: 02/07/2024

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The technology sector is dynamic and innovative and has become one of the main working sectors worldwide. However, it has been facing a series of challenges related to the well-being of workers. Issues like burnout and abusive work hours are becoming increasingly common and have had a significant impact on the health and productivity of employees. In this article, we will explore these problems and discuss some solutions.

Burnout: a silent enemy

Burnout is defined as a state of physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. For those working in the technology sector, where the pressure for innovation and fast deliveries is constant, burnout has become an increasingly common issue.

The causes are many and can vary from person to person. The most common ones include:

  • Overload, with tight deadlines and unrealistic expectations of productivity.
  • Lack of control over project decisions, priorities, and resources.
  • Lack of recognition.
  • Uncertainty about responsibilities and expectations.

Be aware, symptoms, in addition to extreme physical and mental fatigue, include loss of productivity, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, headaches, emotional detachment from work and colleagues, among others.

Abusive work hours: balancing personal and professional life

Due to their always tight delivery deadlines, technology companies are known for their “overtime,” leading employees to work hours exceeding 40 hours per week. And this practice is far from healthy.

Abusive work hours can cause personal exhaustion, affecting family and social relationships, a decrease in productivity, and even an increase in the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and mental health problems.

Lack of belonging: organizational culture

Another challenge that can be devastating to employees’ well-being: the lack of belonging and inclusion in the workplace. When workers do not feel valued or included, it can lead to demotivation and low productivity. These are some of the factors contributing to this problem:

  • Lack of open and transparent channels for feedback.
  • Lack of recognition and appreciation.
  • Culture of excessive competitiveness.
  • Insufficient diversity and inclusion within the team.

And what’s the solution?

Keeping these challenges in mind is essential to create a healthy and comfortable work environment for all employees.

1. Flexible work policies

It’s no wonder that the discussion about the four-day workweek has become so common lately. Implementing reduced or flexible working hours and remote work options helps employees better manage their professional and personal responsibilities, increasing productivity and reducing the risk of burnout.

2. Well-being programs

Offering programs that include physical activities, psychological support, and even stress management workshops are great initiatives that make a big difference in employees’ mental and physical health.

3. Inclusion culture

It is necessary to create a welcoming work environment and ensure diversity in hiring, fostering an inclusive culture where all employees feel valued and respected.

4. Continuous feedback

A system of continuous, transparent, and open feedback gives employees the opportunity to express their ideas, suggestions, and concerns. This makes the employee feel more welcomed and understood and helps the company identify areas that can be improved.

How Onebrain Operates

Onebrain has the best professionals in the market and strictly follows recommendations for promoting well-being in teams.

Here, feedback is constant, and employees also benefit from various perks:

  • TotalPass: access to gyms and wellness services.
  • Woba: coworking spaces for remote work.
  • Medical assistance: health plans with special conditions.
  • Special day off: day off on your birthday.

All of this results in an integrated, motivated, and extremely productive team. That’s why our results are impressive. The health and well-being of employees are our priority, which is why we have earned our GPTW seal and are in the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in Brazil.

Talk to our specialists and see what our team can do for you.

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