A new report by Survation revealed that 83% of developers and DevOps professionals are experiencing burnout, mostly due to the pandemic.
Indeed, around 55% of respondents said to be having a moderate or severe burnout while only 17% reported not suffering from one at all. Most of them blamed the pandemic as it led to an increase in workload and general anxiety. The report stated that the workload increased due to more digitization as every business had to move online due to the lockdowns.
Moreover, it was found out that burnouts could be linked with cycle time, which is how quickly an engineering team can deploy ideas into production to get feedback from real-world users. Short cycle times then mean high-performing developers, with 50% of UK software engineers being able to deliver in no more than two to three days. Burnout tends to happen when developers are delivering a lot of work, especially when there are higher demands for work but the process and tooling aren’t there.
In order to mitigate burnouts, the report suggested having better management practices, such as good communications, not doing excessive hours of work, and making sure everyone has breaks.