COMBATING BURNOUT IN THE IT INDUSTRY: A REVIEW OF EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING INITIATIVES

Authors

  • Funmilayo Aribidesi Ajayi Department of Corporate Services, Gelose Marine Services Nig. Ltd, Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria
  • Chioma Ann Udeh Independent Researcher, Lagos, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i4.1010

Abstract

This study conducts a systematic literature review and content analysis to explore the effectiveness of employee well-being initiatives in combating burnout within the Information Technology (IT) industry. With the rapid pace of technological advancements and the high-pressure environment characteristic of the IT sector, burnout has emerged as a significant concern, affecting not only individual employees' mental and physical health but also organizational productivity and success. The primary objectives of this review were to identify the state of employee well-being in the IT industry, evaluate the current and potential future strategies for burnout prevention, and offer strategic directions for fostering a healthier workplace. Data were sourced from a comprehensive search across multiple academic and professional databases, focusing on studies published in English from 2000 to 2024 The inclusion criteria targeted research explicitly related to well-being initiatives in the IT sector, resulting in a selection of empirical studies, review articles, and grey literature for analysis.Key findings indicate a prevalent issue of burnout among IT professionals, driven by unique industry challenges. However, initiatives such as flexible work arrangements, leadership development, mental health support, and the use of AI for personalized well-being interventions show promise in mitigating these effects. The study concludes that fostering a culture of well-being and resilience within the IT industry requires a multifaceted approach, emphasizing the need for organizational commitment to employee health and continuous adaptation of well-being strategies to meet evolving workforce needs.

Keywords: Burnout Prevention, Information Technology (IT), Employee Well-being, Systematic Literature Review

Published

2024-04-10

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