Good Health, Great Code

December 29th, 2021 / By: / Published in: SillyCon Valley

Dust off that ping pong table!

2022 is right around the corner. Clichés aside, there are some widely known and validated Universal truths about how staying healthy physically, emotionally and mentally has an impact on your dev team’s coding skills. As a CTO, you could perhaps encourage your team to just make getting healthier a New Year’s resolution that will fade away into oblivion within a month. Instead, entice them to take action. Albeit on little things – and no, beer jug lifting does not count – like taking breaks. Breathing deep. Getting up and walking around. Reading a little or taking a nap. They will feel better and, often solutions to problems appear when thinking of something else albeit for a little while during the workday. They may not know what the bug is they’re looking for, but they may know test cases and prints to isolate it!

Genes and serious pre-existing conditions aside, anyone, regardless of occupation, who is not overweight, does not smoke, drinks minimal or, preferably, no alcohol, eats healthily and in particular eats minimal junk food, minimal sugar or additives and only the recommended amount of salt is likely to be giving themselves a very good chance of staying healthy. Raising the computer, having an external keyboard and stretching periodically can help and are recommended but are not nearly as important as the other factors mentioned. At the end of the day (or the year), you’ll see that not only only your team feels great, but their code will no doubt glow. 

Do you foster healthy habits amongst your team?