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Uplevel state of engineering: Top challenges that software engineers face in their job today
Uplevel surveyed a panel of 240 US-based software developers and managers on their work habits, key work challenges, and the impact these challenges had on their job.
A typical workday has so many agenda-heavy meetings—project kickoffs, internal reviews, town halls—that we tend to see manager/dev 1:1s as casual check-ins.
The socially distanced year of 2020 has unveiled workplace truths and obstacles in endless ways. We’ve ditched the office, discovered new meanings of “work/life balance,” and adjusted business in the time of great uncertainty.
After weeks of shelter-in-place policies, states are developing their transition plans back to (some version of) normal life. Even as certain states attempt to reopen business as usual, swift backlash from public health experts—and the general public—raises concerns about how we safely and successfully enact this next phase.
Shelter-in-place policies quickly—and significantly—changed the way we live and work. Now that our workday has traded cubicles and conference rooms for eight solo hours at the computer, we’re spending more time than ever on screens. It doesn’t help that our after-work activities often involve more screens, from video chat socializing to Netflix. Cue eye strain, sore neck muscles, and a host of other side effects from this sedentary lifestyle.
Even in the distant past of 9-to-5 office days, we occasionally found ourselves fielding late-night Slack messages or Sunday evening emails. Now that our work lives are based at home, the concept of “office hours” is virtually non-existent. Many of us are opening our laptops right when we wake up, or answering slack messages late until the night.
Weeks into the era of social distancing, we’re settling into a somewhat surreal routine. Even companies that already embraced WFH culture are adjusting to fully remote life—and we’re learning new benefits and obstacles daily.