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

Damien Senger
July 29, 2017
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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
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  1. BUILDING A NEW LIFE

    AFTER BURNOUT
    Non Binary in Tech • London • July 29th, 2017

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  2. Damien Senger • hiwelo.
    UX / UI Designer

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

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  3. BUILDING A NEW LIFE
    AFTER BURNOUT

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  4. 28 years old,
    2 burnouts.

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  5. So I will tell you
    two stories.

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  6. Two different experiences
    in two really different
    environments.

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  7. Working as a campaign manager

    for a political electoral campaign
    1.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Working as a campaign manager

    for a political electoral campaign
    1.

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  10. Working as a front end developer 

    in a small French web agency
    2.

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  11. 3?
    I hope this slide will stay empty.

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  12. Two different experiences…

    but one unique pattern.

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  13. How can we

    detect these situations?

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  14. Listen to yourself!
    Your body can give you 

    a lot of clues.

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  15. 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

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  16. Three main things to watch:
    Resignation, exhaustion, 

    inefficiency.

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  17. Burnout is hell.

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

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

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

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  21. How can we

    recover from a burnout?

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  22. You need to accept your condition:
    this is a real disease, ask for help.
    1.

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  23. You need to take your time,
    and sometimes to make choices.
    2.

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  24. You need to 

    adjust your environment.
    3.

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  25. Reduce stress.

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  26. There is no good stress.

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

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  28. Stress over time

    turns into exhaustion.

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  29. Three main things to watch:
    Resignation, exhaustion, 

    inefficiency.
    Fighting stress is the best solution against exhaustion.

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  30. I moved to a more peaceful city: Amsterdam.

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  31. Reduce fear.

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  32. At work, we have fear…

    of everything.

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  33. Judgement, failure, ratings, errors…

    Is our work this much scary?

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  34. Nobody has ever been fired at Valve 

    for making a mistake. 

    It wouldn’t make sense for us 

    to operate that way.
    VALVE

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  35. Failure is part of 

    the human process.

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

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

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

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  39. Three main things to watch:
    Resignation, exhaustion, 

    inefficiency.
    Reducing fear is the best solution against resignation.

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  40. I chose to focus my job on my main interests: 

    accessibility and improving users’ web experience.

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

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

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

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

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  45. Ask for more breaks.
    Ask for more research time.

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  46. After a sprint, you need a break.

    For your brain, it’s the same!

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  47. Say thank you.

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  48. If needed, ask for a new team.

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  49. Look for new opportunities.

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  50. A more inclusive workplace
    is needed for a good mental health.

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  51. Fight for yourself,
    and for everyone else!

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  52. Three main things to watch:
    Resignation, exhaustion, 

    inefficiency.
    Asking for help is the best solution against inefficiency.

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  53. Feeling over-whelmed, few days ago I asked for a 

    new planning and different tasks: it worked well!

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  54. How can we
    avoid these situations?

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  55. We have 

    no super power.

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  56. We are no ninjas, gurus, 

    unicorns, rockstars or whatever.

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  57. We are professionals.
    We deserve respect.

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  58. We must say no.

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

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

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  61. “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.

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  62. Nope, nope & nope.

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  63. If you work on unknown things,
    you need time. Ask for it.

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  64. We must control
    our plannings.

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

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

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  67. And no, I mean, NO task ever takes

    only five minutes!

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  68. We are not our work.
    We are more.

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  69. Thank you!

    (and please pardon my French!)
    [email protected] • @iamhiwelo

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