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Burnout++

Chris Short
October 22, 2023

 Burnout++

Burnout can happen at any point in everyone’s career. But, what happens when burnout is taking place amongst other things? Your s/o having a miscarriage? Veteran dealing with time in service and injuries from it? Becoming unemployed? Let’s discuss realizing you’re approaching or are burned out, the why behind that, and coping mechanisms.

Chris Short

October 22, 2023
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  1. Chris Short
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    TRIGGER WARNING
    This talk will make references to…
    ● Divorces
    ● Cults
    ● Military service
    ● Sexual assault
    ● Falling out with
    parents
    ● Disability
    ● Mental health
    ● Medications
    ● Drugs
    ● Burnout

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  5. >59%
    American workers are experiencing at least
    moderate levels of burnout
    Source: Aetna Employee Well Being & Mental Health 2023-2023
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  6. 100%
    Of people speaking on this stage have suffered from burnout
    (multiple times)
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    Source: Life After DevOps'ish

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  7. What is burnout?
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    #1
    ● Exhausted
    ● No energy to do
    things
    ● Doing good work
    is hard
    Source: A Two-Minute Burnout Checkup
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  8. #2
    ● Cynical
    ● Negative
    attitude
    ● Disassociation
    What is burnout?
    🔥🔥
    Source: A Two-Minute Burnout Checkup
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  9. What is burnout?
    🔥🔥🔥
    #3
    ● Feel ineffective
    ● Feel like you're
    doing less
    ● Hard to be
    productive
    Source: A Two-Minute Burnout Checkup
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  10. Who?
    Everyone even kids
    deals with burnout
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  12. Definition:
    Being burned out, with or without realizing it, while having
    another burnout inducing event occur
    ● Military service
    ● Injuries
    ● Kids
    ● Alcohol/substance
    abuse
    Burnout+
    ● Open Source
    Contributions
    ● Side hustles
    ● Missed opportunities
    ● Additional duties
    outside work/family

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  13. An early life encounter with Burnout+
    ● The week before 9/11
    ● Grandmother died
    ● I was hospitalized overnight with flu-like symptoms
    ● I lost one of my best friends

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  14. UNC Senior Found Dead; Officials Suspect Drug
    Use Involved
    Student's Death Still Unexplained
    Report Finds Drugs In Student's System
    Death Was Result of Overdose
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  16. The entire world changed.
    My life suddenly had a new purpose.
    9/11

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  17. Went through a lot the first 30 years
    ● Parents Divorced (8)
    ● Mother joins cult (9)
    ● Sexually abused (9)
    ● Mother marries cult
    member (9)
    ● Legally forced custody
    change to father (12-13)
    ● Got into Tech (15)
    ● Cut ties w/ mother (15)
    ● Dot-com bubble (18)
    ● Graduate HS (19)
    ● Join US Air Force (19)
    ● Have daughter (20)
    ● 9/11 (21)
    ● Permanently injury (23)
    ● Divorced (27)
    ● Medically separated
    from USAF (age 30)
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    Source: Mortality Rates and Life Expectancy of Veterans

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  21. Overall average age at death for all 100% service-connected
    U.S. veterans (in years)
    67
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    Source: The Mortality Rate of 100% Service-Connected U.S. Veterans

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  22. Definition:
    Being burned out, with or without realizing it while having
    multiple burnout inducing events occurring at the same time
    ● Having a kid
    ● Global pandemics
    ● Toxic family members
    ● Career ambiguity
    ● Job opportunity lost
    ● Layoffs
    ● Miscarriage
    ● Buy/Selling Home
    Burnout++
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  23. Don't be like me.
    Don't learn the hard way
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  25. Getting myself out of
    Burnout++
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  26. A SIG Lead, a colleague, and a friend
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  29. Source: This Graphic Perfectly Shows How EMDR Can Help You With Trauma
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  30. ● Met wife in NC (29)
    ● Engaged (30)
    ● Bought first house (30)
    ● Got Married (again; 31)
    ● Have son (35)
    ● Cut ties with father (35)
    ● Started newsletter (36)
    ● 1st Speaking Gig (37)
    ● Moved to Michigan (37)
    Getting out of Burnout++
    ● Miscarriage (37)
    ● Mental breakdown (37)
    ● Begin therapy (38)
    ● Disabled Veteran (39)
    ● Pandemic (39)
    ● Work @ Red Hat & AWS
    (38-43)
    ● Here with you today
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  31. Are you burnt out?
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    Assess
    Burnout
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  32. Detroit
    is my refuge
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  34. Medical Conditions Can Occur Due to Burnout
    ● Increased anxiety
    ● Paralyzing panic attacks
    ● Fatigue
    ● Repetitive use injuries
    ● Mood swings
    ● High blood pressure
    ● Cognitive challenges (fog)
    ● Communication challenges
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  35. Acceptance
    The sooner you
    accept the
    situation you’re
    in the sooner you
    can improve it
    It's okay
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  36. Forgiveness
    This is not entirely your fault
    ● Give yourself some
    grace
    ● Reach out to a friend
    ● Accept who you are
    ● This will get better
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  37. Make a List
    Lists help you figure things out
    ● Work was life and vice
    versa
    ● Physical AND mental
    health compromised
    ● Experienced many
    traumatic things
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  38. I needed help
    Do you?
    ● Having a therapist and
    psychiatrist is normal
    ● Some things we've been
    through are traumatic
    ● Don't wait like I did
    ● We almost lost me to the
    VA
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  39. Moving Forward
    Keep yourself organized and let go of
    things
    ● You need to be able to
    communicate effectively
    ● What’s happening to you and
    what you’re going through
    ● Find habits that bring you
    peace or happiness
    ● Let go of your fears
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  40. Sources
    ● https://burnoutindex.yerbo.co/
    ● https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/high-octane-women/201311/the-tell-tale-signs-
    burnout-do-you-have-them
    ● https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642
    ● https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm
    ● https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279286/
    ● https://www.verywellmind.com/stress-and-burnout-symptoms-and-causes-3144516
    ● https://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/04/01/10-signs-youre-burning-out-and-what-
    to-do-about-it/#6389dff9625b
    ● https://www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/burnout-syndrome.pdf
    ● https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burnout
    ● https://globalnews.ca/news/3639388/burnout-syndrome-symptoms-stress/
    ● https://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2016/jan/21/spot-the-signs-of-burnout
    -before-it-hits-you
    ● http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/academy/4244782.stm
    ● https://devopsish.com/292/
    ● https://chrisshort.net/life-after-devopsish/
    ● https://hbr.org/2023/04/a-two-minute-burnout-checkup
    ● https://hbr.org/2023/05/when-your-employee-tells-you-theyre-burned-out
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    Slides

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  41. https://bit.ly/kubecon-chicago

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  42. Corgi in Hot Dog Costume
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  43. Thank You
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