Toxic Work Environments

Aug 3, 2023, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

In the rapidly evolving technology landscape, developers face not only the challenges of a competitive industry but also the potential hazards of toxic work environments. The need for organizations to prioritize creating supportive and inclusive cultures that foster collaboration, growth, and innovation.


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About this event

Exploring common traits such as excessive workload, lack of work-life balance, micromanagement, unhealthy competition, lack of transparency, and inadequate support systems. By recognizing these indicators,  developers can identify potential toxic work environments and take appropriate actions.

  • Effects on Well-being and Productivity:Delves into the psychological and physical impact of toxic work environments, emphasizing the importance of creating a nurturing and supportive atmosphere.
  • Promoting Psychological Safety and Inclusivity: The significance of open communication, trust, and respect within teams. It highlights the importance of creating an environment where developers feel comfortable expressing their ideas, sharing concerns, and seeking help without fear of judgment or retaliation.
  • Encouraging Work-Life Balance:emphasizing the need for organizations to implement policies and practices that prioritize the well-being of developers. Flexible work hours, remote work options, and adequate vacation time can help prevent burnout and support a healthy work-life balance.
  • Providing Mentorship and Support:The importance of experienced mentors who can provide guidance, advice, and support. Mentors can help developers navigate challenging situations, provide valuable insights, and foster a positive work environment.
  • Addressing Conflict and Promoting Collaboration:Explores strategies for addressing conflicts, promoting teamwork, and building a culture of collaboration. Encouraging constructive feedback, promoting cross-functional collaboration, and recognizing collective achievements can contribute to a more positive and productive work environment.
  • Promoting Continuous Learning and Growth:The significance of continuous learning opportunities, skill development programs, and career advancement pathways. 

Creating a healthy and supportive work environment is crucial for the well-being, growth, and innovation of developers. By addressing toxic work environments, organizations can retain talent, foster creativity, and promote long-term success. It is essential for industry leaders, managers, and peers to actively advocate for inclusive cultures that prioritize the holistic well-being of developers.

By taking proactive measures to combat toxic work environments, the industry can create an environment where developers thrive, reach their full potential, and contribute to meaningful technological advancements.


  • Introduction
  • Recognizing Toxic Work Environments
  • Well being
  • Networking

Target Attendees:

  • Developers
  • Technical Leads
  • HR in Tech Companies
  • Senior Engineers


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  • Jack Siro


    Mobile App Developer

Featured Attendees

  • Emmanuel Cheruiyot

    Emshc Company Limited

  • Ephraim Kahiga

    Superior Gardens Properties

  • Kevin mwiti

    Craft Silicon

  • Jack Siro




Thursday, August 3, 2023
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM UTC


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How to Promote Continuous Learning and Growth and navigate toxic work environment:


  • Josphat Mwangi

    Taka points

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations


  • Bennett Benedict

    University of Dar Es Salaam

    Tanzania, Community Lead,

  • Veronica Michael

    Tanzania, Community Lead

  • Jessica Randall

    University of the Western Cape

    South Africa Community Lead

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Kenya Community Lead

  • Sheriffo Jarju

    Community Lead Gambia

  • Isophel Natwijuka

    Uganda Community Lead

  • Sanusi Abdulkadir

    Nigeria Kaduna Community Lead

  • Avuzwa Ntshongwana

    South Africa Community Co-Lead

  • Josh Venceslas

    Altech Group

    Co-Lead: Rwanda Community

  • David Okwii


    Africa's Talking Community UG Co-Lead

  • Cynthia Moraa

    WIT Kenya Co-Lead

  • Michael Adedayo

    Africa's Talking

    Community Lead Lagos

  • Alexander Ikeh

    Community Co-Lead Abuja

  • Aaron Ujah

    Community Co-Lead Abuja

  • Nnamdi Azubuike

    Community Co-Lead Lagos