Thanks for taking the time to read the first quarterly Mental Health newsletter from the GitLab Learning and Development team!
After hosting Mental Health Awareness week at the end of 2020, we heard from the GitLab team that a continued conversation about mental health would help provide resources, encourage conversation, and avoid burnout long-term.
To consistently support team members in addressing signs of burnout, we hope this newsletter will
This quarter, the L&D team met with Wendy Barnes, Chief People Officer at GitLab, to ask a few questions about how team members can best manage burnout in an all-remote workplace.
Here's what we asked Wendy:
What strategies can team members use to manage burnout?
How can managers support their team members in taking time off?
How can managers help prevent burnout?
Taking time off is important for managing burnout, and returning to work after a holiday or extended bread can feel overwhelming.
If you haven't recently reviewed our PTO policy, here are a few key points to review:
It's important to remember that rest and time off is productive. In December, we welcomed John Fitch, co-author of Time Off, for a live speaker series discussing how time off can be used as a tool to manage burnout.
If you haven't watched the recording yet, take some time to do so:
During the interview, John touches on the following topics:
Did you miss mental health awareness week in early December? Are you interested in revisiting the information? Or maybe you're new to the GitLab team and ready to learn about what resources exist to help you manage burnout.
The L&D team has transformed the content from our December 2020 Mental Health Awareness week into a self-paced learning path in our new learning experience platform, GitLab Learn. The pathway includes additions to resources that were built during the awareness week, handbook merge request that were contributed as a result of discussions during our live speaker series, and new recorded interviews with leadership.
You can view the course in the GitLab Learn platform. Once you log in, search for
Mental Heath Awareness at GitLab or check the
Featured Pathways section on the main Discover page.
Here's a sneak peek of the content you can explore in the course:
Take some time to explore our new GitLab Learn platform with this Managing Burnout self-paced learning path!
On January 11th, the L&D team launched access to LinkedIn Learning for GitLab team members! In the LinkedIn Learning catalog, there are lots of courses and resources you can access to learn how to manage burnout, prioritize your mental health, and care for yourself and others during stressful times. Below are a few LinkedIn Learning courses we suggest you check out! You can access all LinkedIn Learning content from the GitLab Learn platform.
People leaders can encourage and coach their team in taking time off to manage burnout. Here are a few strategies that manager can use to demonstrate why managing burnout is so important:
Have questions about mental health resources at GitLab? Or maybe you have a thought or resource that came up for you after reading this newsletter? Here's how to reach out:
|Question||Where to Ask|
|GitLab PTO policy||#total-rewards Slack channel|
|Learning opportunities about mental health and burnout management||#learninganddevelopment Slack channel|
|Ideas, contrbutions, and feedback about this newsletter||Discussion Issue|