Team Health for Fun and Profit

Clay Dowling

Twitter @ClayDowling

Beer taps and ping pong tables are great!

So why does everybody leave?


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

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Work/Life Balance

Fourty Hours, No More

  • Health Suffers
  • Work Suffers

The Wake

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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

Harvard Health Blog, Only the overworked die young

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.


  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.

University of Bergen. (2016, May 25). Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 13, 2019

Your Body Wants to Move

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

You Are a Leader

If I speak but do not have love, I am only a clanging cymbal.
I Corinthians 13:1

Team Care

  • Team Joy
  • Open Communication
  • Team Norms
  • Hold Each Other Accountable

Talk to Team Mates

  • Are they happy?
  • Are they being heard?
  • What would make the job better?

Take Action

  • Hold each other accountable.
  • Bring concerns to stakeholders.
  • Hold the stakeholders accountable.

What Does the Science Say?

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

— “Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What really drives employee engagement.” Kenneth W. Thomas.

# Questions?

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