FinTech Futures Jobs: Four boundaries you should implement at work right now
Whether you work at the office, remotely or have adopted a hybrid working model in the wake of the pandemic, there are many reasons why professional burnout can occur.
In fact, according to research by LumApps, 88% of UK workers experienced burnout during the first two years of the pandemic, while more recent data from Westfield Health found that 46% of UK workers are close to burnout.
And for hybrid or remote workers in particular, the working day has become much longer than it used to be thanks to earlier starts (made possible by not having to commute) and more meetings during the day, which in turn contributes to having to work later to get the actual work done.
Taking all of this into consideration, it’s little wonder that quiet quitting – doing the bare minimum of what’s expected during business hours and never going above and beyond for your employer – has become an increasing workplace trend.
So what’s the best way to avoid burnout? One thing that can help is devising and implementing boundaries that not only make your work-life balance better but allow you to get your job done more efficiently.
1. Limit notifications
If your Slack channels ping into action after hours it can be tempting to respond to messages in real time, but what do you think would happen if you turned your notifications off in the evening and didn’t respond to a request until the morning? It’s reasonable to assume nothing bad, and as long as you’re hitting your targets, getting your work done and are always available within working hours, your manager and colleagues shouldn’t have a problem with you establishing this boundary.
2. Prioritise your workload
Even if your inbox is heaving with unread emails containing multiple requests from your manager and/or colleagues, you are not obliged to respond to everyone immediately and get all your work done at the same time.
Instead, prioritise your workload and set yourself micro deadlines during the day to help feel more in control of what’s being asked of you. This will also help you to communicate what you’re doing with your team, and when they can expect a response.
3. Don’t be afraid to say “no”
From work nights out to being asked to pitch in on a project when you’re already at maximum capacity, learning how to say “no” is integral to creating boundaries. The key to pulling it off is to keep explanations to a minimum. For example, if you don’t want to join the office five-a-side, you don’t need to invent an injury or elaborate excuse to get out of it. Similarly, when it comes to work tasks, you can simply say you don’t have capacity but would like to help in the future if your schedule permits it.
4. Take time off when you need it
Whether you need to take parental leave to look after a sick child or need time out to deal with health issues, prioritising your mental and physical health and wellbeing is key. In some instances, governments are legislating for this: Spain has just passed Europe’s first ever law allowing for paid menstrual leave for up to five days.
However, if you feel like your current employer is standing in the way of your efforts to establish reasonable boundaries, it could be time to look for a new opportunity. If that is the case, the Fintech Futures Job Board has hundreds of openings at companies currently hiring, like the three below.
Security Operations Analyst, GoCardless, London
GoCardless has an opening for a Security Operations Analyst to join its security and privacy engineering team. In this role, you’ll be tasked with making sure GoCardless remains a safe and trusted partner by providing subject matter expertise on security detection and response capabilities.
Your background will ideally be in security operations, and you’ll have experience using SIEM tools (ideally SPLUNK) to develop security monitoring cases and writing scripts to automate tasks. You’ll also be tasked with ensuring the team performs scheduled vulnerability assessments.
Consumer Credit Risk Senior Analyst, Klarna, London
Klarna is seeking a Consumer Credit Risk Senior Analyst to satisfy an ever-increasing need for complex problem-solving and data-driven decision making. You will play an important role in giving customers the ability to control when to pay for their purchases, how to pay and which settlement method to use.
You’ll drive analytical projects on credit risk underwriting policy using SQL and data manipulation to gain insight and identify opportunities for growth or to minimise losses, build and maintain credit risk monitoring of underwriting policies and support the product teams in improving the customer experience through the conversion funnel.
See the full job description here.
Senior Associate – Business Intelligence, Ripple, London
In this newly created Senior Associate role on the revenue operations team at Ripple, you’ll spearhead the company’s efforts to build and scale a unified go-to-market engine spanning across sales and customer success teams globally.
Day to day, you’ll help leadership measure, track and report key performance metrics against targets and derive key insights through presentations and dashboards and propose next steps. You’ll also have the ability to translate business requirements into engaging data visualisation solutions and assist with data reconciliation.