Surrounded by constant workflow advancements, new frameworks, and version updates, tech culture often makes exhaustion a badge of honour. How do we best take care of ourselves when faced with obstacles like burnout, isolation, and uncertainty?
Whether you’re a remote employee, freelancer, or working within a larger tech team, the issues of mental health are important. In this talk, we’ll examine the state of mental health awareness within tech and discuss strategies and resources to improve it on both a personal and community level.
FIELD GUIDE TO
CARING FOR A DEVELOPER
WORDCAMP SALT LAKE CITY 2017
◇ The Stats
◇ The Why(s)
◇ How we can work towards change as a
Feminist. Writer. Mental health advocate.
aka “You Do You”
MATTERS TO ME
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE.
ASPIRING BANJO PLAYER.
DOLLY PARTON FAN.
1 in 5
people living with a mental health
people miss work each week due
to mental health issues.
estimated annual cost of
absenteeism + lost productivity
WHY DON’T WE TALK ABOUT IT?
...being treated differently
...being viewed as less competent
Has your employer ever formally discussed mental health
(for example as part of a wellness campaign or other official
...discussing a mental health disorder
with your employer would have
...discussing a physical health disorder
with your employer would have
DO YOU THINK THAT...
APPLIES TO TECH
THE TECH INDUSTRY AS A WORKPLACE
◇ Compressed deadlines
◇ Ambitious goal setting
◇ Constant review and approvals
◇ Communicational chaos
◇ Independent work
◇ Expectations of being available outside
I totally understand all the latest
technologies, systems and
workflows within my industry.
WHAT IS BURNOUT?
Physical, mental or emotional exhaustion caused by
can make this seem like the status quo.
GOOD JOB RESOURCES
◇ participation in decision
◇ task variety
◇ job automony
◇ potential for
◇ support from
◇ lack of social support
◇ low job control
◇ poor performance
◇ time pressure
POOR JOB RESOURCES
THERE ARE WAYS OF KEEPING
UP THAT DON’T INVOLVE
PUT ON YOUR OXYGEN MASK FIRST
◇ Setting boundaries
◇ Know the perks + benefits available to
you and your rights as an employee.
◇ Take your vacation
◇ Communicate empathy.
◇ Improve your self care strategies
7 HABITS OF HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE GIVING*
1. Prioritize the help requests that come your way — say yes when it
matters most and no when you need to.
2. Give in ways that play to your interests and strengths to preserve your
energy and provide greater value.
3. Distribute the giving load more evenly — refer requests to others
when you don’t have the time or skills, & be careful not to reinforce
gender biases and who helps and how.
4. Secure your oxygen mask first —you’ll help others more effective if you
don’t neglect your own needs.
5. Amplify your impact by looking for ways to help multiple people with a
single act of generosity.
6. Chunk your giving into dedicated days or blocks of time rather than
sprinkling it throughout the week. You’ll be more effective — and more
7. Learn to spot takers, and steer clear of them. They’re a drain on your
energy, not to mention a performance hazard.
*Adam Grant & Reb Rebele, Harvard Business Review
◇ Setting aside time for learning (½ a
day every Friday, etc.)
◇ Client boundaries re: communication
◇ Join a biz support group or ‘power
◇ Lunch n’ Learns or ongoing training
◇ Create a dialogue with HR + bosses
◇ Extracurricular activities not revolving
around work or drinking
◇ Enforcing reasonable work hours
◇ Providing clear expectations
WHAT CAN WE DO AS A
CHALLENGE THE STIGMA AGAINST TALKING ABOUT
REDUCE STIGMA BY EDUCATION AND
SUPPORT OTHERS IN A SUSTAINABLE
Open Sourcing Mental Illness
DON’T ACCEPT THINGS
IF THEY’RE NOT
WORKING FOR YOU.
YOU DESERVE TO BE
HAPPY AND HEALTHY.
WE’RE NOT JUST CODE,
◇ Open Source Mental Illness: osmihelp.org
◇ WPHugs: https://wphugs.org/
◇ IMAlive (online crisis network): https://www.imalive.org/
◇ National Alliance on Mental Illness:
◇ Mental Health First Aid: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/
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