Some 39% of tech employees reported experiencing depression, according to a Monday report from anonymous workplace review service Blind. These employees mentioned burnout, high stress levels, insomnia, overworking, and irregular work hours as the major contributors to their depression.
Work overload is one of the top reasons for employee burnout, according to a previous Blind report, indicating that many of these factors go hand-in-hand. Additionally, Blind also previously found that more than half (58%) of tech workers suffer from imposter syndrome—the feeling they aren't qualified for the job position they occupy—which could also play a role in adding to high stress levels.
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For this report, employees were asked to answer the following question: "I believe I am depressed." Out of 10,081 respondents in the tech industry, 61% said false, while 39% said true.
The report also examined results based on companies with at least 100 employee responses. Here are the 10 companies where the most employees reported feeling depressed:
- Amazon (43%)
- Microsoft (42%)
- Intel (39%)
- LinkedIn (39%)
- Facebook (37%)
- Uber (36%)
- Oracle (35%)
- Cisco (35%)
- Google (33%)
- Apple (31%)
It should be noted that there was no control group for this survey, so it's unclear how employees in other industries and companies are faring.
The big takeaways for tech leaders:
- Some 39% of tech employees feel depressed, due to burnout, high-stress levels, insomnia, oveworking, irregular hours, and more. — Blind, 2018
- The top tech companies with the most depressed staff include Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel. — Blind, 2018
- How to manage job stress: An IT leader's guide (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
- The Evolved Executive, book review: Banishing fear from the workplace (ZDNet)
- How to become a project manager: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic)
- Working in tech? Five tips on avoiding burnout (ZDNet)
- Why imposter syndrome persists in the workplace, and how to deal with it (TechRepublic)
Macy Bayern has nothing to disclose. She does not hold investments in the technology companies she covers.
Macy Bayern is an Associate Staff Writer for TechRepublic. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin's Liberal Arts Honors Program, Macy covers tech news and trends.