When High Pay Meets Health Payoff

The Hidden Health Toll on Software Engineers and How AI Can Foster Healthier Habits

Romesh Niriella
4 min readJul 5

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The High-Stakes Profession

Software engineering is a lucrative profession. Engineers’ skilled work and long hours fetch them high pay. But this high pay often comes at a cost. That cost is health.

Software engineers spend a lot of their time sitting. They sit to code, to debug, to plan, and even to collaborate with colleagues. A day in their life involves hours of static posture. This can lead to back pains, neck pains, shoulder pains — and a whole list of other physical ailments.

It feels great to build virtual systems because they are complex and uses are chaotic. It follows a pattern of markets and politics. Rather than dealing with natural world it feels much safer to sit at home, coding, fixing problems, putting out fires on the virtual systems’ we’ve built because internet users are screaming at us for more power!!!. It feels great to see smooth transaction flows without a hitch. It feels great to have a fat bank account. However, it does not feel great when your degraded health demands frequent doctor visits.

The Hazard of Sedentary Work

Sedentary work isn’t the only problem. With the pressures of deadlines, it’s easy to forget to move around. To neglect stretching. To disregard simple exercises. In the rush to deliver, movement becomes a luxury.

Unhealthy eating habits also come into play. When you’re buried in code, it’s convenient to reach for a can of soda. It’s easy to opt for sugary snacks over healthier options. This can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and other health issues.

Yes, darkmode is great. It fosters improved concentration to sit for extra 30 minutes when our necks and backs are screaming.

Sweet Rewards and Harsh Realities

Despite these health risks, software engineering is an incredibly rewarding profession. It offers intellectual challenges and the satisfaction of creating something new. It’s about solving problems and making life easier for others. The monetary rewards aren’t bad either. But the price shouldn’t be one’s health.

Imagine your team designed this traffic light. To be made part of a Local Roads Network and it was funded by the residents. A traffic flow beacon that senses the incoming traffic and coordinates the flow of traffic with other lights such as these. Assume these beacons capable of broascasting the realtime traffic patterns to the vehicles. Imagine the autonomous vehicles can coordinate with each other thanks to the traffic tower. When your car drives past it, wouldn’t you be happy to see the tower protecting everyone around you?

AI to the Rescue

Here’s where Artificial Intelligence (AI) comes in. AI tools can help software engineers maintain better health and improve their engineering skills.

These tools can remind you to take breaks. To move around. To stretch. They can monitor your posture and provide…

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Romesh Niriella

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