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Building a new life after burnout – Non Binary in Tech 2017 – London

6362477fcff413a76db8da108fade362?s=47 Damien Senger
July 29, 2017

Building a new life after burnout – Non Binary in Tech 2017 – London

28 years old, 2 burnout. Today, all tech jobs offer a good working environment, a competitive salary and… beers! Great, isn’t it? But everyday I hear new stories of people recovering from burnout or severe depression. What is going wrong in our life? It’s time to find a better work-life balance.

This are slides from my presentation for the Non Binary in Tech event 2017, in London. That was a really great event promoting non binary people in the tech industry.

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Damien Senger

July 29, 2017


 AFTER BURNOUT Non Binary in Tech

    • London • July 29th, 2017
  2. Damien Senger • hiwelo. UX / UI Designer
 Accessibility advocate

    hiwelo.co • @iamhiwelo Raccoon my own web studio raccoon.studio

  4. 28 years old, 2 burnouts.

  5. So I will tell you two stories.

  6. Two different experiences in two really different environments.

  7. Working as a campaign manager
 for a political electoral campaign

  8. None
  9. A quick overview of a 
 campaign manager job A

    final deadline you can’t change. A lot of responsibilities:
 I was babysitting in charge of 12 candidates. A lot of skills involved in a workday:
 strategy, communication, administrative and legal stuff, PR, human resources management, etc. Work hours: 9am – 10pm the good days,
 7am – 2am the bad days.
  10. Working as a campaign manager
 for a political electoral campaign

  11. Working as a front end developer 
 in a small

    French web agency 2.
  12. 3? I hope this slide will stay empty.

  13. Two different experiences…
 but one unique pattern.

  14. How can we
 detect these situations?

  15. Listen to yourself! Your body can give you 

    lot of clues.
  16. Less performant Less focused, lack of memory Working more than

    the regular hours Fatigue, useless holidays Unstable mood, irritability Loneliness and exclusion Musculoskeletal disorders Risk behaviours
  17. Three main things to watch: Resignation, exhaustion, 

  18. Burnout is hell.

  19. Burnout is hell. But it’s not your fault.

  20. Burnout is hell. You must do something against it.

  21. Burnout is hell. It will not resolve itself.

  22. None
  23. How can we
 recover from a burnout?

  24. You need to accept your condition: this is a real

    disease, ask for help. 1.
  25. You need to take your time, and sometimes to make

    choices. 2.
  26. You need to 
 adjust your environment. 3.

  27. Reduce stress.

  28. There is no good stress.

  29. Stress is a natural body reaction, designed to be temporary.

  30. Stress over time
 turns into exhaustion.

  31. Three main things to watch: Resignation, exhaustion, 
 inefficiency. Fighting

    stress is the best solution against exhaustion.
  32. I moved to a more peaceful city: Amsterdam.

  33. Reduce fear.

  34. At work, we have fear…
 of everything.

  35. Judgement, failure, ratings, errors…
 Is our work this much scary?

  36. “ Nobody has ever been fired at Valve 

    making a mistake. 
 It wouldn’t make sense for us 
 to operate that way. VALVE
  37. Failure is part of 
 the human process.

  38. We can learn more from our failures than our success.

  39. To fight fear, we need more trust and more independence.

  40. Trust and independence are needed to increase self-confidence.

  41. Three main things to watch: Resignation, exhaustion, 
 inefficiency. Reducing

    fear is the best solution against resignation.
  42. I chose to focus my job on my main interests:

 accessibility and improving users’ web experience.
  43. Find help.

  44. Burnout involves one person. This person is not responsible.

  45. Burnout involves one person. But it’s a collective responsibility.

  46. We need to find a better work-life balance.

  47. Don’t hesitate to take sick leave when needed.

  48. Ask for more breaks. Ask for more research time.

  49. After a sprint, you need a break.
 For your brain,

    it’s the same!
  50. Say thank you.

  51. If needed, ask for a new team.

  52. Look for new opportunities.

  53. A more inclusive workplace is needed for a good mental

  54. Fight for yourself, and for everyone else!

  55. Three main things to watch: Resignation, exhaustion, 
 inefficiency. Asking

    for help is the best solution against inefficiency.
  56. Feeling over-whelmed, few days ago I asked for a 

    new planning and different tasks: it worked well!
  57. How can we avoid these situations?

  58. We have 
 no super power.

  59. We are no ninjas, gurus, 
 unicorns, rockstars or whatever.

  60. We are professionals. We deserve respect.

  61. We must say no.

  62. No.

  63. Say it. Say it over and over. Never stop saying

  64. Nope.

  65. Listen to yourself. Learn from yourself. Watch for your limits.

  66. “I just talked with William, 
 I know you are

    no backend developer but we have this emergency.
 Can you fix it for tomorrow morning? Your project/product manager at 5pm.
  67. Nope, nope & nope.

  68. None
  69. If you work on unknown things, you need time. Ask

    for it.
  70. We must control our plannings.

  71. Tasks, deadlines, schedules: tell your limits and ask for help!

  72. Switching often between tasks is highly exhausting for our brain.

  73. And no, I mean, NO task ever takes
 only five

  74. We are not our work. We are more.

  75. Thank you!
 (and please pardon my French!) damien@raccoon.studio • @iamhiwelo