When Aashni Shah first showed up to work at Square a few years ago, she was in rough mental shape.
Despite a long list of accomplishments as a software engineer, Shah says that a racist and sexist manager at her previous job had ruined her confidence. She left that company (which she prefers not to name) feeling like a failure and withdrawing as a person.
Things started to change, however, when a colleague at Square introduced her to the concept of a “hype doc”: a place to write down and revisit her accomplishments. What began as a simple Google Doc turned into a spreadsheet, and what was once a solitary effort became a group activity, in which Shah and her work friends would log and discuss their milestones together.
“Starting a hype doc gave me back that confidence that I needed to start building things again, and taking ownership of the things that I’ve been building,” Shah says.
Shah, who left Square in late 2019 and is now an…