How to deal with stress in the IT industry

For all those working in an IT industry, it is obvious that one needs to get introduced to a new technology or a new piece of information every day. Getting used to the trend and adapting to new technologies and information can be a challenging task. This is where stress walks straight into our lives. These conditions of employees experiencing a stressful career is not just experienced in a single place. With the boom in the industry, stress is found in employees working in the IT industries in London, USA, Canada or even the eastern regions.

There are different ways in which a person can react to stress. This depends on the extent up to which the person can tolerate it. There are various signs that are observed in the early stages of stress. They are forgetfulness, lack of decision making capability, lack of confidence, negativity, and lack of concentration. The other physical effects of stress are as hair-loss, sweating, muscle tension and nail biting. It is important to realize stress at this stage itself. If it remains untreated, stress can cause further complications as such people are prone to accidents, make a lot of mistakes, suffer from insomnia, smoke or drink. They may also experience loss of appetite and self neglect.

The main concern is about how would one have to deal with this stress.Many people prefer getting involved in other activities such as sports or hobbies while they are not at work. It is important to release the stress in some form. There are many ways that one can deal with stress and free himself out of the burden. According to various career consultants, no job is stress free. One needs to adapt to the changes and circumstances in order to handle such situations positively. There are times when one would face difficulty in prioritizing tasks. They want to complete all the given tasks but do not have enough time to do so.

The following are the points that one may need to consider.

  1. Who is assigning the task? If there are many in the queue, who is the senior most among them?
  2. Is it a task that you “have to do” or “would like to do”? Prioritize your work accordingly.
  3. Compare it with the company strategies and policies.
  4. Check the dependencies. Whom does it affect and how?

Along with these points in mind, it is really important to consult higher authorities before you prioritize a set of tasks. If you have fulfilled all your job requirements following the above mentioned points, and still you are not very satisfied with the outcome, it is time to leave the job.

It might sound harsh. But, you will realize it over a period of time. If you have given your best and still are not satisfied with the job, it is time you realize that maybe you would be comfortable taking up a different job or working in a different organization. This would help you select a job that best suits you and thus lead a stress free career all through your life.

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