I have written a lot about Burnout and Crunch Culture, Ask Me Anything!

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In the past fortnight I have written:
You are probably a victim of Crunch Culture
and
The lies and lack of self respect that lead to burnout

So suffice to say I'm passionate about making sure my own experiences with crunch and burnout aren't repeated by fellow industry professionals.

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In your articles, you talk about where the blame lies for these problems within a company and how an employee can hopefully avoid them.

I recently interviewed for a job, and while I'd heard great things about the company from a friend, making sure I wasn't walking into a bad situation was a pretty high priority.

To that end, I had several questions lined up for them when we got to that stage of the interview about what a typical week looks like, how they handle deadlines, how they respond to incidents, etc. and their answers helped me feel a lot more comfortable that I wouldn't be walking in to a nightmare.

Do you have any advice for someone who might be looking for a job and wants to assess the culture of a company from the outside?

 

That’s a great question. I’m yet to figure out the golden questions. The questions you asked are a great start but fundamentally burnout & Crunch culture come from management not walking the talk. They will lie through their teeth in an interview or not even be aware of their hypocrisy.

I would definitely leverage employer review sites like Glassdoor. My personal rule is to (currently) never work for a startup. Those places breed burnout culture. Try finding a current staff member on LinkedIn and ask them some choice questions ?

 

Thank you for writing about this, it's not something I've seen covered so thoroughly on Dev.


Do you think this is something that is unique to the tech industry or have you seen it in your experiences in other industries?

Do you think the responsibility to 'fix' crunch culture lies with the managers of the team where it is prevalent, HR or should it come from the top? Do you have any thoughts on how to tackle this from an organisation level?

What advice or guideline do you give your new team members to set expectations on working hours and stakeholder pressure?

Have you ever confronted a stakeholder or manager who is encouraging high pressure/crunch culture?

What are some of the warning signs to look out for if you suspect a colleague is struggling with this? I'd love to see your next post cover practical advice on how to tackle this from a teammates point of view.

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