As engineers, we’re often singularly obsessed with the idea that our job satisfaction comes solely from solving only the most interesting technical challenges. In reality, research shows that we perform best when we are rested, feel valued, and feel connected to a cause so we can focus on high-priority work.
Let’s take a look at the ways engineering teams and leadership can foster excellent working environments and cultures with minimally perceptible overhead, much like sneaking vegetables into desserts.
Duretti Hirpa is a senior engineer on the backend engineering team at Slack. Currently, she’s working on the growth team, though she’s also spent time on the Slack Platform team, making it easier and more intuitive to build applications on top of Slack. She’s constantly thinking of ways to humanize engineering - there’s strength in the soft skills, after all. She’s arguably probably the most extroverted person she knows, and is intensely interested in other people. She produces a podcast called “snackoverflow” about snacks, computers, and their surprising intersection. She has an undying love for Beyoncé (praise be), an immaculate gif game, and a real candy problem.