Under pressure — Keeping yourself and your team healthy
Who hasn't experienced the enormous strain work can put on people? Sure, in IT, we're far from having to dig for coal hundreds of meters below ground. But even as knowledge workers in bright and tidy offices (well, my home office is at least bright), we often experience significant pressure to deliver results on a day-to-day basis. What can we do not to succumb to this pressure? How can we stay sane in a world of rapidly changing objectives?
In our workplaces, homes and social gathering points, there are people who depend on us to answer these questions and to take the necessary actions to ensure they will be supported appropriately.
There are many aspects to resilience ranging from time management to company culture. Some things need to be done on an individual level, some need management attention. If this was easy, we wouldn't have to talk about it. And the frequent use of the word "burnout" in IT circles is only one indication that we have to.
In my presentation, I'm going to share my experience as a manager, husband and father with maintaining a steady level of energy for myself and my team. These are only a few of the topics I am going to cover:
- Reducing time and resource pressure
- Using the STOP method to restore focus
- Developing good habits
- The negative and positive belief cycles
- Healthy relationships
- Dealing with change
Even though this is a serious topic, I'm going to keep my talk light-hearted. There are some funny stories I'm allowed to share — because they're mostly about my own failures and what they taught me.
About the author: Jochen Lillich is the founder and CEO of freistil IT, a distributed team of web operations experts running the managed hosting platform freistilbox. After studying computer science in the 90's, Jochen founded a number of IT businesses and gained experience in IT management at leading internet companies in Germany. Today, Jochen lives with his family near Dublin, Ireland. Jochen has been an active and passionate speaker in the IT space since 1999 and has given keynotes and presentations at conferences like DrupalCon, OSDC, DevOps Days and many barcamps and user group meetings all over Europe. As DevOps Track Chair, Jochen also helped organise DrupalCon Prague in 2013.