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Bad jobs, burnout, and a better way

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Designers are passionate. We make the world demonstrably better by the practice of our craft. Yet after a few years, many of us secretly harbor elaborate daydreams about quitting our jobs, raising free-range alpacas, and selling hand-knit sweaters on Etsy. Why do so many of us face exhaustion, disillusionment, and burnout? How can we find the balance necessary to be both fantastic designers and fully formed, happy, healthy human beings?

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Bad jobs, burnout, and a better way

  1. 1. Bad Jobs, Burnout— And a Better Way Will Sansbury Director—Agile Practice & User Experience Deluxe Corporation @willsansbury UX Hustle Summit 2019
  2. 2. 13.2%of people working in software change employers every year 23.3%of people working in user experience change employers every year (n.d.).These 3 Industries Have the HighestTalentTurnover Rates. Retrieved from https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/trends-and-research/2018/the-3- industries-with-the-highest-turnover-rates
  3. 3. Why do we fantasize about running away from a profession that we genuinely love?
  4. 4. burnout
  5. 5. Random: is it a career death sentence to quit a job without having another one lined up? July 30, 7:59 PM
  6. 6. We take bad jobs (for us). REASON #1
  7. 7. Will they want me? Is this a place that will be good for me?
  8. 8. $75,000 Income after which higher earnings do not correlate with stronger emotional wellbeing Kahneman and Deaton 2 $76,960 Average entry-level salary for User Experience Designers in the US (<1 year) GlassDoor 1 1 (n.d.). Salary: UX Designer. Retrieved from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/ux-designer-salary-SRCH_KO0,11.htm 2 Kahneman, D., & Deaton,A. (2010, September 21). High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being. Retrieved from https://www.pnas.org/content/107/38/16489.full
  9. 9. [I]t is unlawful for private sector employers to prohibit [non-supervisory] employees from discussing wages and compensation, and it has been since the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935.” Herrera,T. (2018,August 31).WhyYou ShouldTellYour Co-Workers How Much MoneyYou Make. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/smarter- living/pay-secrecy-national-labor-rights-act.html “
  10. 10. We fixate on the bad. REASON #2
  11. 11. Stress is resistance to reality.
  12. 12. Stress is resistance to reality.
  13. 13. (wabi sabi)
  14. 14. Have no fear of perfection— you’ll never reach it. —Salvador Dalí
  15. 15. Pay attention. Keep notes.
  16. 16. Pay attention. Keep notes. Send notes.
  17. 17. We forget our power. REASON #3
  18. 18. We cannot control the world, but we can control how we respond.
  19. 19. Don’t settle for a job that doesn’t offer what you’re looking for. Notice and celebrate the good even as you fix the bad. Remember you have power.
  20. 20. Thank you.

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