Work-life Balance & the Developer Experience
After logging off for the day, it’s easy to fall into old habits, like staying glued to your phone all night, answering emails until bedtime, putting in extra hours in a project off-the-clock, or stressing about the week ahead. This season, it’s time to be proactive about achieving a better work-life balance. We spoke to some of our experts about how they unwind, how IT companies can better support their employees and their health, and what hobbies are helping developers de-stress.
Saving the world with email?
Admittedly, direct communication suffers in times of home office. The stress of everyday life, the daily pressure of deadlines, and the fast-moving nature of information also means that you can’t wait to reach your colleague, co-worker, or supervisor in person. So, what do you do? You send a quick email. But stop! This can be disastrous because not every piece of information is suitable to quickly shoot out via email.
It’s always the fool’s fault
During the coronavirus crisis, one human characteristic has become clearer than ever. There must always be someone to blame, otherwise, you’d end up blaming yourself for the whole mess. It’s no different at work. When an IT project crashes, the first thing we do is look for one or more culprits before we deal with the mistakes constructively. But why does there always have to be someone to blame? What about personal responsibility? Shouldn’t everyone occasionally take a good look at themselves and reflect upon their behavior, performance, and commitment? What do agile development teams do differently?
Quest for talents or quest for jobs? Dream jobs for every generation
Every generation has its own ideas about what their dream job is. Twenty years ago, it was a company car or annual bonus that attracted sought-after professionals, but today’s generation is once again focusing more on security and a high recreational value rather than material values. But the generations also differ in the way they work. In our daily lives, this can quickly become a test of endurance when “old hands” and “greenhorns” meet. How can cross-generational teams still work together successfully?
How to motivate yourself even in difficult times
It feels like the movie “Groundhog Day”. Every day is the same. No real vacation for months, no parties, no spontaneous meetings, no shopping trips to the electronics store, no Saturday afternoon at the hardware store. Everyday life only takes place at home. Here, you’re either running from one web meeting to the next or you’re on reduced hours but still working overtime.
More discipline for more professional success
Conventions, principles, and other rules help us develop better software. But why do we often find it so difficult to follow them consistently in our day-to-day work? It’s time to think about what your path to a promising discipline might look like.
More practical experience for more professional success
According to a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation , 78% of HR managers consider learning through work experience to be important or very important, which puts this criterion ahead of learning at school and university. How much and how quickly you gain this work experience is largely up to you.
Home office — why doesn’t anyone see me?
It’s a rainy Tuesday morning in the home office. You’ve just finished the second video conference, and you’re already dialing into the next meeting with a coffee in one hand and a sandwich in the other. The list of participants shows only two colleagues who have arrived on time, while the others gradually trickle in.