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

  • Eat your lunch.
  • Not at your desk.

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.

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.

Work is not Life

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

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.

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