2nd State of Developer Wellness Report

Developer Nation
3 min readApr 16, 2024

In 2023, we ran our first ever Developer Wellness survey with the aim of better understanding developers, levels of their wellbeing and happiness. Last year’s report sparked crucial conversations about well-being in the developer community, shedding light on the challenges developers were facing in their careers.

This year, we return with an even larger survey (nearly 1,000 developers from 86 countries!) to dive deeper. The survey was live for fifteen days during March 2024. More than half of the developers who participated were aged between 18 and 44 years old but we also had 10 developers younger than 18 and 7% were above 55 years old.

83% of developers reported feeling burnout at some point in their careers

Burnout, characterised by exhaustion, energy depletion, increased distance from your job and reduced efficiency, is a significant concern in the developer world. The demanding nature of the work, coupled with factors like tight deadlines, constant learning curves, and potential isolation, can contribute to this state.

However, despite the concerning figure, many developers have started focusing on their well-being now more than ever. More than half of the developers have access to wellness tech through their employers in 2024 — fitness trackers, mindfulness apps, etc. — and more developers have started prioritising their physical and mental health amidst the stiff competition and uncertainty surrounding the tech industry.

We found that 34% of developers exercise once or twice per week while 40% exercise at least 3 times per week! More than half of developers also manage to kick in 6–7 hours of sleep every night, although there is definitely some room for improvement.

In 2024, 84% of developers had to work overtime at least occasionally

Overtime is a common experience for many developers, although the frequency varies. While more than half (53%) find it acceptable, 39% express dissatisfaction without deeming it a deal-breaker, and 8% consider it overwhelming.

This distribution suggests a spectrum of attitudes towards work-life balance among developers. It underscores the importance for companies to foster environments that prioritise employee well-being while acknowledging the demands of the tech industry.

But what are the tips/strategies that could help you improve your well-being and start waking up full of energy? How can you set clear boundaries at work?

We got you! You’ll find your well-being toolkit in our Wellness report. On top of that, you’ll also discover:

  • Workplace Perceptions: the workplace setup, employer support, sense of purpose
  • From Burnout to Balance: Are you on the struggle bus? Learn how developers are conquering burnout and achieving work-life harmony. ‍
  • Beyond the Code: work-life balance, recharging & well-being
  • Developer Wellness Champions: Unveiling the secrets to developer well-being, straight from our Developer Nation community members!

and more!

Ready to join a thriving developer community that prioritises well-being?

Download the report today, share it with your network, and let’s build a culture of wellness that promotes the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the developer industry!



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