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The Importance Of Mental Health In The Tech Industry

03 April 2024 •

By: Maajidah Wellness

The tech industry thrives on constant innovation and tight deadlines. While this fast-paced environment fuels creativity and progress, it's crucial to recognise the impact of this on a team’s mental health. At Byte Orbit, we believe a happy and healthy workforce is essential for long-term success.

This article explores the challenges tech professionals face, the consequences of neglecting mental well-being, and the practical steps that we take as a company to cultivate a supportive work environment.

Challenges to Mental Health in Tech

At Byte Orbit, we understand the tech industry's demanding nature. Long hours, tight deadlines, and the pressure to deliver can create a relentless "hustle culture." We know this environment can lead to chronic stress, burnout, and even imposter syndrome.

That's why we prioritise a different approach. In this ever-evolving landscape, continuous learning and adaptation are key. By focusing on our values, we empower our team to thrive, not just survive.

Consequences of Ignoring Mental Health

Neglecting mental well-being has serious consequences and at Byte Orbit, we try to mitigate the risk of burnout as much as possible. But what is burnout exactly? Burnout is characterised by emotional exhaustion and decreased performance. Unaddressed burnout can lead to increased anxiety and depression, impacting both the individual and the team's overall morale and productivity and even their home life.

Dennis P. Stolle, the Senior Director at the American Psychology Association emphasised the negative effects of burnout in the workplace, “When workers are suffering from burnout, their productivity drops, and they may become less innovative and more likely to make errors. If this spreads throughout an organisation, it can seriously negatively impact productivity, service quality, and the bottom line.”

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Recharge & Refuel Week at Byte Orbit

Recognising the impact on employee mental health, we took a new approach this year by integrating our Recharge & Refuel week with Byte Orbit Appreciation Day. This combined initiative offered a dedicated week of activities focused on well-being alongside the traditional extra day of paid leave. It's our way of expressing gratitude for our team's hard work while providing them with the space and resources to recharge and return feeling their best.

The Recharge and Refuel week aimed to bring light to our employees’ mental health and well-being while giving them tools to help deal with additional stress.

During our Recharge & Refuel week, we included intentional meditation sessions, a morning hike, a company lunch (which was a winner for sure!), a refreshing walk in Ratanga Park and an engaging panel discussion on handling stress.

We started each morning with meditation sessions for 15 minutes, helping the team to connect to their physical presence and take a few moments to pay attention to their breathing. By recognising that our personal lives can impact how we show up at work, this quiet time allowed participants to start the day being mindfully present.

We also recognised the importance of physical activity. It's always a good idea to step away from your desk and get outdoors, so we organised a sunrise hike and company walk to accommodate people of all fitness levels.

To round out the week, we hosted an engaging panel discussion on handling stress. This provided a platform for open conversation and offered practical strategies for managing stress in high-pressure environments both in and outside the workplace. If you’d like to learn more about our Recharge & Refuel week, you can check out our recap video on Instagram.

We reached out to Nasiphi, our Digital Marketing Manager, to hear how she practically manages her mental health.

“It is important to take the time to prioritise your mental health when working in high-pressure environments. I keep a log of my stress levels to monitor when my stress levels are high in order to act. Acting can mean several things for different people, for me, it's making sure that I am prioritising my tasks and not taking on more than I can deliver on and also communicating with my manager and team when I feel overwhelmed.” - Nasiphi (Digital Marketing Manager)

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At Byte Orbit, a positive culture is the main foundation of our business. We value our employees and encourage them to prioritise their mental and physical well-being. Prioritising mental health in tech is not a luxury, but a necessity for sustainable success. By acknowledging the challenges and consequences, tech companies can implement proactive solutions and create a work culture that values employee well-being. Together, we can cultivate a more resilient, innovative, and thriving industry for the future.

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03 April 2024
By: Maajidah

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