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Depression Rates Among IT Workers

By friendlyitguy2012 ·
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IT workers live in a world where 'everything is always broken'. The amygdala is in a constant state of over arousal due to the demands of the job. This constant stimulus can cause aversion and avoidance tendancies as well as depression and anxiety.

How does your IT department protect its workers from being overworked?

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Capped Overtime

by Seonix In reply to Depression Rates Among IT ...

I (until recently) worked for a large IT outsourcing company (American based, working in Australia).
The company started to cap overtime hours for the week, ask people to take TIL instead and actually take the time off regularly. The only downside of this for the business was that because we were doing so much overtime and taking it as time in lieu instead, no one was in the office for half the week, and begun feeling like work was building up faster than they could keep on top of when they returned. Rock and a hard place to some extent.

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We have the same problem

by NickNielsen In reply to Capped Overtime

Sometimes it's very difficult to get the job done without arguing with management over the need for OT

This, of course, creates a different kind of stress...

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keeping the sanity

by RileyOneal In reply to Depression Rates Among IT ...

My company keeps workers happy by providing common outlets found in an IT environment. We have access to disk golf, video games, ping pong, etc. We are very focused on a work hard, play hard motto. We put in a hard days work everyday and them end the day with a beer and games as a team. It seems to be a pretty standard situation in many of the IT offices that I have encountered. I think Oregon does it right, I don't know how the rest of the country works, but we stay pretty happy and motivated.

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