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Wednesday, October 19 • 09:30 - 10:30
🇬🇧 You don't talk about that at work!

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There are things you don’t talk about with your colleagues - even less so with your boss. Mental health issues are certainly a big no-no.
When I first started working as an agile tester, I kept my history with mental illness secret. As a result, I couldn’t speak openly about topics that are close to my heart: mental health and self-care. In the Agile World however, we value respect, courage, and openness. How do you reconcile this with these taboos?
Can you really be courageous and open if you deny a part of yourself? When I attended my first ever testing conference,
I was in awe about the openness with which psychological topics were discussed. Inspired, and with a head still spinning from the experience (and a serious lack of sleep), I came clean to my boss on the very first day upon returning. From then on, I wore my heart on my sleeve.

And my life at the office began to change: Once I had started speaking up, openness came easier with every new issue. I would suddenly talk about my experiences with sickness and therapy as well as being more comfortable with sharing my thoughts and feelings about day-to-day business and goings-on at work. Conversely, people started confiding in me, asking me for advice and talking to me in a whole new way.

In this talk, I would like to share what I have learned from breaking taboos. I will discuss how communication improved for me, which obstacles I bumped into, and why I will still not shut up about the things you don’t talk about at work.

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Sophie Kuester

Test Automation Engineer, cronn GmbH
Who are you?Hi, I'm Sophie!When I was a girl, I wanted to be an astronaut or a ballerina, or both. Now I'm a tester, holding diplomas in math and yodeling. I'm a dancer, a baker, a fighter and a knitter. Plant mum and doting aunty. I love the sea, walking in misty woods and all things... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2022 09:30 - 10:30 CEST
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