Majority of Tech Pros Think Their Workplaces are Unhealthy

A majority of tech pros believe they work in an unhealthy environment, according to a new survey by Blind.

Via its app, Blind asked tech pros to answer the following question either “True” or “False”: “I consider my current workplace a healthy working environment.” Some 52.34 percent answered “False,” while 47.66 percent said “True.” (Some 12,549 tech pros responded overall.)

As with other Blind surveys, respondents could also indicate where they worked. Intel, Amazon, and eBay led among “more unhealthy” companies, while Uber, Google, and LinkedIn topped the “healthier” portion of the list. Check out the complete breakdown:

The toxicity of workplace culture has become a hotly discussed issue within the technology industry, especially in the wake of seismic shakeups at Uber, Google, and other organizations. Whatever the particular brand of toxin—a workaholic culture that devastates employee work-life balance, rampant sexual misconduct, and so on—such environments can quickly lead to mass employee burnout.

If you find yourself jammed in an unhealthy environment, there are steps you can take to preserve your sanity before you find a way to escape. For example, you can build a support network of like-minded colleagues who’ll not only keep your spirits up, but also alert you to better opportunities at other companies. You can also try to create an individual culture of transparency and communication, which my help resolve some broader issues (at least as they apply to you).

Ultimately, however, solving a toxic culture is a job for management. It’s up to your boss (and your boss’s boss) to ensure that workloads are balanced, that concerns and complaints are adequately addressed, and that sufficient motivation exists to actually get projects done. In another Blind survey, work overload and toxic culture were widely regarded as the top two causes of burnout, followed by lack of control and career growth, insufficient rewards, and poor leadership and unclear direction.

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2 Responses to “Majority of Tech Pros Think Their Workplaces are Unhealthy”

    • In some cases they were slim majorities, though. But the vast number of them seemed to have healthy majorities, including a few that surprised me based on “common knowledge”, like Google and Uber.

      I would be interested in knowing a more detailed breakdown of the numbers, though I don’t think there are enough responses to make it meaningful. For instance, management vs software engineers vs IT vs ??? – I just wonder if things skew more optimistic or pessimistic based on department. Seniority would be another breakdown; are people more happy or less happy based on their length (as proxy for compensation) of employment at a company?