Team Health for Fun and Profit   @ClayDowling

Beer taps and ping pong tables are great!

So why does everybody leave?

The Ideal Worker

  • Fully available for the job
  • No personal responsibilities
  • 60-80 hour weeks
  • No say of when or where work is done

Harvard Business Review Why Some Men Pretend to Work 80 Hour Weeks


Percentage of workers reporting job burnout.

Burnout is Expensive

$125M - $190M a year in medical expenses

What Can I Do?

Self Care is Best Care


Career Limiting Advice Follows

Fourty Hours, No More

  • Health Suffers
  • Work Suffers

Long Hours Kill

Working 55 hours or more per week:

  • 13% more likely to have a heart attack
  • 33% more likely to have a stroke

Only the overworked die young

Long Hours are Bad Business

Reducing the work day from 9 hours to 8 hours gives better than 10% boost in productivity.

“Ernst Abbe, the head of one of the greatest German factories, wrote many years ago that the shortening from nine to eight hours, that is, a cutting-down of more than 10 per cent, did not involve a reduction of the day’s product, but an increase”

Hugo Muensterberg, “Psychology and Industrial Efficiency” (1913)

Work is not Life

Thea Disapproves of My Code

  • Have a place to go away from work.
  • Make sure your cat knows that you live there.


the stable tendency of excessive and compulsive working

Bosses Love Workaholics

Workaholism…may also negatively affect the work environment.

Are You a Workaholic?

  1. You think of how you can free up more time to work.
  2. You spend much more time working than initially intended.
  3. You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness or depression.
  4. You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
  5. You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
  6. You deprioritize hobbies, leisure activities, and/or exercise because of your work.
  7. You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.

Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders

The Wake

Things they don't tell you'll that you'll have to organize as a tech lead

Your Body Wants to Move

You don’t need to run marathons. But it wouldn’t hurt.

Balance, Not Balance Balls

Fixing Your Culture

You Are a Leader

Leadership doesn’t come with a title. Leadership is how you help other people.

If I speak but do not have love, I am only a clanging cymbal.

I Corinthians 13:1

Clock Punchers

  • Work 40 hours.
  • Have priorities other than work.
  • Insufficiently dedicated to the team.
  • Passed over for promotions, raises, and preferable work assignments.

Be a Clock Puncher

  • Don’t be part of the problem.
  • It’s a job, not a suicide cult.
  • Leave on time.
  • Invite reluctant colleagues out to lunch.

Build a Team of Clock Punchers

Team Accountability

We must all hang together, or we shall surely hang individually.

Make Sure the Work Gets Done

  • Make sure management has visibility into work status
  • Make sure management is aware of risks and problems
  • Make work units small enough to understand and report on easily

Bring Problems to the Team

If the team owns the problems, the team will also own the results.

The Team Owns The Work

  • No individual work assignments
  • There is nothing beneath your pay grade

Self Care is Best Care

  • Take care of yourself
  • You are your brother’s keeper

Management Can’t Watch You 247

If the work is getting done, management won’t care if you’re in the office or not.

Fix Your Work

Make the Work Engaging

  • Connect the work to the consumer.
  • Keep tasks small.

Intrinsic Motivation at Work

Small Tasks

  • Easy to track progress
  • Easy to spot risks

Share Your Work

  • Show work in progress to consumers to get regular feedback
  • Prioritize work to show visible value

Surface Problems Early

Covering Your Ass lies about the true situation.

Micromanagement will follow.


Thank You   @ClayDowling