Facts and myths about work-life balance in software development
Work-life balance is worth fighting for
At this point, it goes without saying that achieving satisfactory work-life balance may be very challenging in the software development profession. And yet, this is a goal worth fighting for.
Putting in way too many hours for an extended period of time may quickly lead to job burnout. And there are many reasons to believe that this specific condition of feeling both physically and emotionally unable to continue is particularly common among software developers. What’s more, proper work-life balance of employees is beneficial for their company as well. Research consistently shows that workers that do not work overtime are far more effective. And there are only so many hours daily a developer can effectively spend coding without reaching their limit.
How can software companies help?
Software companies can help their employees achieve work-life balance by both respecting their leisure time and providing them with exciting opportunities at work so that they don’t have to search for them elsewhere to such a great extent.
The role of management in achieving this age of offshore outsourcing can’t be overstated. You can not assume that software developers are tireless and somewhat disposable workhorses.