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Issue #172  (The State of Burnout in Tech) 05/30/22

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In this newsletter I often feature articles that deal specifically with the topic of burnout. While I try to include variety of topics in the articles section, burnout comes up often — and for good reason. It's an important subject in the fast-paced tech world.

If you're interested in a deep dive into the subject, you'll want to check out Yerbo's The State of Burnout in Tech, 2022 Edition.

Yerbo's State of Burnout in Tech 2022

Here are some of the points from the report that I found interesting or informative:
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) defines burnout as an occupational phenomenon resulting from "chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed."
  • The survey that compiled this report includes 32,000+ answers from participants in 33 countries, 53% male, 47% female.
  • 56% of IT professionals can't relax once their workday is over and 62% feel emotionally and physically drained.
  • 51% of respondents feel like they're achieving less than they should.
  • 27% said they don't see the value or purpose in what they do. This is true of both team leaders and individual contributors.
  • 42.1% of tech employees are working under a high risk of burnout.
The full report contains quotes from various respondents along with many gender-based breakdowns on the data, so be sure to check that out if it's a topic you want to know more about. It's possible you and your team need to take action to protect your workers from this common problem in the tech industry.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!


Tools & Apps

Arrange — Browse to-dos, reminders, and more, and seamlessly add tasks to your calendar in a few taps or clicks.

TurboNav — Chrome or Firefox extension. A command palette UI for your browser that helps you organize tabs, links, create focused workspaces, set goals, and more.

Pinry — An open-source tiling image board (similar to Pinterest) to save, tag, and share images, videos and web pages.

OneTask — A single-task pomodoro-based timer app that enables you to focus on the one important thing you have to do.

Pavooq — A team analytics platform for Human Resources Analysts, team leads, and Chief Diversity Officers that helps solve the problem of non-transparent communication and team cohesion.

Taco Digest — A personal email digest compiled from your favourite online sources (Reddit, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) to help you follow news across the web.

Articles & Resources

The Present Bias: Why You Keep Sabotaging Your Future—And How to Stop — Based on Investment research company Morningstar's definition of present bias as “the tendency to overvalue smaller rewards in the present at the expense of long-term goals.”

Why I Schedule All My Emails—And You Should Too — Personally, this suggestion wouldn't do much to help my productivity, but maybe it's something you want to consider.

A Dev's Thoughts On Developer Productivity — Interesting quote from the intro: "Most self-styled experts on developer productivity seem more interested in selling something rather than painting an accurate picture of how devs really work."

Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable — Alex Ellis explains a situation that comes up often in software development and the importance of being at east with that process.

The Time Trap of Productivity — This is a sobering read that serves as a reminder that sometimes the obsessive need for productivity can in fact have the opposite effect on our overall well-being.

How You Work — Josh Ghent recommends creating your own "personal user manual” that documents how you work best and where, which can help to effectively communicate your “ideal working conditions” to your workmates and manager.

Find, Visualize and Apply the Hidden Gems in Your Spam Inbox — Checkmate is the first tool ever built to sort, visualize and apply the deals from your spam inbox while you shop, finding hidden gems and saving early users an average of $40 per checkout. It’s completely free! Try Checkmate today!    sponsor  


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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