Tech workers report feeling more burned out than before the pandemic

  • Silicon Valley’s workforce is reporting feeling more burned out than before the pandemic. 
  • A new survey from anonymous workplace chat app Blind found that 68% of tech workers feel more burned out than they did when they worked at an office. 
  • That number is higher than it was in February, when Blind found that 61% of professionals reported feeling burned out. 
  • While working remotely has alleviated some daily stressors like commuting, which can be particularly arduous in Silicon Valley, it’s added new stress like longer hours, less work-life balance, and video-chat-fatigue. 
  • “All of the issues that we’ve heard about really paint this broader picture of a more vulnerable population and more stressed population in our workforce than we had going into this pandemic,” Terri Patterson, a psychologist and principal at global risk consulting firm Control Risks, told Business Insider earlier this year. 
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Feeling Stressed? Try Going Technology Free For a Day

“My technology-free day was a nightmare,” exclaims one student at the very beginning of her final presentation on technology, nature, and her inner experiences of both. This exclamation has amused me so much that I have repeated it often through the day when describing this project to other students and colleagues at Saint Francis University, a small university tucked into the hills of the Allegheny mountains in central Pennsylvania.

As part of the curriculum in my Environmental Sociology class, students are asked to journal on two different but related kinds of experiences: two technology-free days and 6 times in nature, in solitude without cell phones or iPods. Their reactions to these types of experiences are both startlingly profound and surprisingly life changing, but in actuality, life-enhancing. In this article, I will relate their experiences with technology-free days.

For this assignment, I have given them some instruction, but I have left … Read More