With the growing number of cyber attacks and the shortage of cybersecurity professionals worldwide, those in the industry are facing serious pressure and workloads that can lead to burnout.
Workers suffering from burnout, particularly in the security space where attentiveness and critical thinking are key to protect organisations, pose risks for organisations, especially those in small businesses that may not have large security teams in-house.
Here are our top three ways to support your employees and prevent burnout:
- Own that it’s a problem. Your business didn’t cause the cybersecurity labour shortage, but it’s important to acknowledge that it is a struggle that members of your team face. And make it clear to them that you take it seriously and care about their well-being. A report showed that more than 90% of surveyed cybersecurity professionals were stressed and nearly half thought about leaving the industry.
- Create an open environment. Stress can come from workload and duties in a security role, but burnout is also closely tied to corporate culture. Establish communication channels and ways that your employees can communicate how they’re feeling and embrace feedback on changes that may need to be made to keep the team from burnout.
- When hiring, hire with diversity in mind. According to a survey, diversity and inclusion are something tech workers feel is lacking in the industry. By hiring with diversity in mind, you’re showing your team that their unique voice is heard and that helps with buy-in and overall employee happiness.
If you’re looking for additional resources to support your team and prevent burnout, we’re here to help. Our CREST-certified team are cybersecurity professionals with experience working across industries and organisation sizes. Contact us to learn more.