Feeling like you’ve lost the spark in your work? If so, you’re not alone. However, with a few simple adjustments, you can find that motivation again to power through your tasks. Making small yet strategic changes can rekindle your passion for your job and improve your work-life balance too. Establishing clear goals and objectives and seeking new growth opportunities can culminate in creating a better work environment.
This blog presents three suggestions that can effectively help you reduce burnout, improve work-life balance and shift your attitude toward work. So go ahead and fall back in love with work — it’s worth it!
Make a list
We all have those days, or maybe weeks or months, where we feel bogged down by our job. Perhaps you aren’t happy with your company, co-workers or clients. Or the daily grind may be wearing you out. Whatever the reason, it’s important to remember that there are still ways to make your job more enjoyable.
One of them is to focus on the things you love to do. Make a list of the things you enjoy about your job and try to do more of those things. For example, if you love working on cloud migration, try to take on more of those projects. If you enjoy problem-solving, seek out opportunities to use your skills to solve complex problems. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
On the other hand, it’s important to take a step back and analyze what’s causing the stress. Make a list of these tasks too. Is it the work itself? The company culture? Your commute? Once you identify the root cause of your unhappiness, it’s easier to take steps to address it. If you don’t like working late nights, try to avoid taking on projects that will require you to put in extra hours. Communicating with your manager about tasks you don’t enjoy and exploring ways to decrease their frequency can compound the satisfaction you get from your work. Remember, it’s a two-way street with your manager, and you should look to iteratively improve rather than making sudden ultimatums.
Focusing on what you love and avoiding what you don’t can make your job more enjoyable and improve overall satisfaction with your career. However, the truth is that small and midsize businesses (SMBs) often have limited resources and may not have the flexibility to allocate work according to individual preferences, in turn limiting work mobility and autonomy. To overcome this challenge, you need automation.
Automate the mundane
We all know that mundane, repetitive tasks are the most frustrating things about our jobs. The constant “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” tickets and the “same thing everyday” tasks, like backup, patching and alerts, are the least favorite part of any IT job.
Fortunately, there’s a solution — automation. According to the 2022 IT Operations Survey Report, 33% of respondents placed increasing IT productivity through automation among the top three business priorities for 2022. Automating your mundane tasks can free up your time so you can focus on the things you love about your job. It will also help you standardize best practices and ensure tasks are always executed correctly. Most importantly, you might find that it makes your job a whole lot more enjoyable.
If your endpoint management/remote monitoring and management solution can’t automate tasks like patching and software updates, it’s time to upgrade. By leveraging the power of a best-in-class remote monitoring and endpoint management (RMM) solution like VSA, you can automate several routine IT tasks that are otherwise time-consuming and mundane. This step will instantly de-stress you and your technicians, resulting in a 25% increase in overall efficiency and better performance on your service level agreement (SLA) targets.
Outsource what you can’t automate
For tasks that can’t be automated or that require scripting skills that you don’t have, outsourcing to a Network Operations Center (NOC) can be a great way to lighten your load and get back some of your time. NOCs are specialized teams of IT professionals who provide 24/7 monitoring and support for businesses. They can handle everything from simple technical support to complex network issues and can often do so more quickly and efficiently than in-house IT staff.
Outsourcing to Kaseya NOC will help you regain control of your workload and allow you to focus on the tasks most important to your business. It will also save you money in the long run since NOCs are typically more cost-effective than hiring full-time staff. At Kaseya NOC, we proactively identify and resolve issues before they impact your business, ensuring your operations run smoothly and seamlessly. Our industry-leading tools and technologies will provide you with the highest level of support at a fraction of the cost of managing IT in-house.
If you’re not careful, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day tasks of your IT job and lose sight of the bigger picture. Whenever you find yourself in this situation, take a step back and identify which tasks to automate or outsource.
Doing so will help free up your time so that you can focus on more important things. Additionally, it will improve your job satisfaction by removing some of the monotony from your daily routine. Finally, it will also help improve your overall productivity by ensuring you’re only working on the tasks you enjoy.
Burnout directly results from using the incorrect technology or service backing to support you and your business. If you constantly have to deal with slow or unreliable software, it will take its toll on your mental and physical health. By making a change and finding better solutions, you can eliminate a lot of the stress in your life. Learn how a best-in-class RMM like VSA can help you automate more than you ever imagined, so you can get back to loving your job again.