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How Engineers Can Cope Effectively to Reduce Burnout During COVID-19

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

In the current pandemic situation, many people have been forced to shift their work into their homes and to learn ways to organize and execute that they aren’t used to. Considering this, health experts are warning about the long-run effects of working remotely including burnout and stress. At this point, it can also have an impact on a person’s mental and emotional well-being, creating a state of delicacy born from over-tiredness and frustration.

However, this can be difficult even when we’re not experiencing a pandemic. With the growing stress day by day, burnout is occurring at an alarming rate with people unable to separate home from work, the magnified burden of keeping everything on and heightened on-call loads, and the strain on communication. For product and engineering teams, development now occurs in isolation; meetings are held via email, messaging app or calls; and decisions are made asynchronously. This, as a result has resulted in burnout which needs to be reduced in such crisis. Here, in this blog you will get to know about some important ways to combat this and keep yourself and your team from burning out.

Reasons Why Companies Should Be Concerned for Burnout

When you were at the office you were completely working. But now those lines are blurred, or nonexistent. This is a new kind of stress that most of us have never before experienced while working from home. There’s now an expectancy that we should be going “above and beyond” with our jobs, something that often translates into working longer hours. The top reasons which is why it is a major concern for companies are-

  • Decreased Productivity
  • High Turnover Rate
  • Low Employee Engagement
  • Negative Health Impacts

Not only in work from home situation, but also burnout is more common within organizations. It can’t be measured easily by the number of hours worked or the amount of sleep one gets. It is more often related to extended pressure and to operating from a place where you start every day feeling backside, fighting against quicksand. It can cause exhaustion, trouble sleeping and an inability to focus. However, this doesn’t mean you’re not good at your job or capable of remote work. Or else, this is likely a version of burnout that none of us have experienced before.

As mentioned, It is not so easy to overcome but there are some ways to combat this and keep yourself and your team from burning out.

  • Encourage Autonomy and Asynchronous Communication

You can communicate to your team so they know when you’re online and available, by sharing an accurate calendar noting when you’re busy with personal needs or “in-office.” In addition, you can help other teammates struggling with vertical schedules by asking “can this be done asynchronously?” If a meeting isn’t necessary, prefer writing an email instead.

  • Follow Agile Workflow

Engineering teams can amend the stress that leads to burnout by actively and visibly reinforcing the value that the team is delivering. An agile workflow can be a great way to do this. The prime advantage is that the team can avoid an endless push by incrementally releasing features and achieving milestones.

  • Use of Feature Flags

Organizations should use feature flags feature as it allow engineering teams to operate with greater autonomy, as code developed by one engineer can be released before its dependencies are completed. They allow for enabling the code safely and incrementally, minimizing the stress of releases and giving teams an escape hatch should an issue occur.

  • Unplug and Relax

Last but not the least, its important to take time and relax. If you’re not on call, try to separate work and life by minimizing time spent checking your emails or responding to Slack messages. To help you avoid this enticement, create a separate desktop on your laptop or folder in your phone for work and home, and turn off work notifications when you’re not working.

Conclusion

These tips won’t solve all the problems, but they can help provide a bit of buffer against burnout and improve your team’s morale during a trying, emotional, and difficult time. By taking some time to recognize the signs of burnout and addressing it will help you become more satisfied with your job, lead to a growth mind-set and help you become more successful in your personal as well as professional life.

Evolving Technologies Making Way to Deal With Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Due to its high transmissibility and no effective vaccine or therapy still available, COVID-19 is now a global pandemic. With the growing crisis day by day, companies & researchers over the world are looking for the ways to address the challenges of this virus and develop a cure for this disease. In a global pandemic, technology tools are lively weapons for effectively monitoring and controlling disease occurrence. Especially when containment is a challenge, technology can not only function as a good fortune for healthcare professionals, but also match the scale and speed at which the current pandemic requires treatment.

In spite of fast spread, people across the world are putting up a brave fight and using new-age technologies in this situation. Several start-ups are working inexhaustibly with clinicians, government entities, and academics around the world, intending to develop solutions that can improve the destruction. Here, the blog gives detailed insights on tech solutions companies are using to tackle the current pandemic.

Some of the prime challenges that has been widely considered around the world are:

  • To prevent people from getting infected or passing on the infection.
  • To maintain public safety, and public health in general, during an outbreak.
  • To prevent avoidable community transmission of the coronavirus.
  • Offering additional support for highly vulnerable groups of society.

Technological advancements have always came out as a boon for almost every industry, and when it comes to healthcare, the tech solutions are making it better day by day. Addressing the above mentioned challenges, Tech leaders like Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei have unified several healthcare initiatives.

Ways How Technology Serving the World From Deadly Coronavirus

  1. Remote Healthcare

As the pandemic intensifies, stakeholders are racing against time to implement remote healthcare solutions. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a proven and effective modality that can be used to monitor patients avoiding health care facilities and to care for recovering patients at home. There are several connected health platforms that allow doctors and patients to remotely engage via online conversational interfaces and digital medical assistance. Some of the most relevant solutions of remote healthcare are Telehealth, Mental health chatbots, Respiratory monitoring, Digital Stethoscope and Wearable sensors.

  1. Robot Nurses and AI Diagnosis

Robots are being used in hospitals in some countries to deliver food, medicine and other supplies to patients; to disinfect hospitals and other public areas; to check patients’ temperatures; and to answer common questions. This is gaining huge momentum and at this point Coronavirus is even being diagnosed using AI, which can read thousands of CT scans in 20 seconds with an accuracy rate of 96%. Also, robots are being used for patrolling and disinfecting.

  1. Use of Drones for Medical Supplies

Drone delivery is being considered as one of the safest and fastest ways to get medical supplies whenever they need to go during a disease outbreak like current situation. It has been noted that Terra Drone is deploying unmanned aerial drones to transport medical samples of people who are under quarantine. In addition, drones are also being used to patrol public spaces to keep a check on non-compliance to quarantine mandates and for thermal imaging.

  1. Tracking COVID-19 Patients Via App

Using wearable apps seems like a promising solution to accurately track the active COVID-19 patients in various states and districts. Considering the huge worldwide user base of wearable devices, it can be an effective solution to avoid contact with potentially infected people. From rings to wristbands, earpieces, and patches, wearable devices in their varied forms can provide continuous monitoring in a favourable manner.

In point of fact, several healthcare organizations in various countries have already launched wearable apps for the same purpose.

  1. Chatbots to Share Information

Sharing correct and valuable information during such crisis can actually make a difference to so many. Chatbots have also played an active role in sharing information with the travel and tourism sector to keep travelers up to date about the latest travel restrictions, procedures, and disruptions. Also, the two most authoritative voices of the pandemic, WHO and CDC, have also included chatbots in their websites to provide cutting-edge information to billions on the spread of the disease and its symptoms.

Wrapping Up

This pandemic is an unprecedented situation for everyone across the world. In such case, several mobile health, e-health, virtual care, remote health, and diagnostics startups and companies are able to respond quickly is encouraging. With thousands of deaths already happened, all of us expect to see many new companies offering technology-driven solutions to help wider number of people.

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