Workplace Happiness - Does Agility Keep us Happy?

With the increase in population that separates ‘work’ from ‘life’, as if work is absence of life, it becomes increasingly important to study about what happiness means to people at work, so that they can be made to feel alive in their offices too. This session is aimed at introducing two interesting research studies that aimed to do just that. Also, this session helps people understand if agility keeps us happy in the true sense.

The two studies that this session will discuss about are as follows:

  1. Richard M. Ryan et al’s Self Determination Theory – led to a book Drive by Dan Pink
  2. Mihaly’s Measurement of Flow in Everyday’s life – led to book Flow by Mihaly himself

This session does not just explain these two research works but also will find the commonalities between these and will engage the audience with discussions using leading questions, thereby bringing out personal examples that they can relate to.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction – 1 min
  • Hidden meaning behind the term ‘Work-Life Balance’ – 2 min
  • Definition of Happiness – Is it the same for all? – 2 min
    • Power of correlation in improving happiness - 2 min
  • Happiness as Personal Satisfaction - Drive  – 3 min
    • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation – 4 min
    • Self-Determination Theory – Intrinsic Motivation – 5 min
  • Happiness as Positive Engagement - Flow – 3 min
    • State of Flow – Mihaly’s Point of View – 5 min
    • How can you induce Flow conditions at work? – 4 min
  • Does Agility keep us happy? – 8 min
  • Q&A – 6 min

Learning Outcome

By attending this session, the audience will walk-away with an understanding of the following.

A self-made definition of what happiness means to oneself
Self-Determination Theory: Differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
How to derive intrinsic motivation at work?
Flow: The happy state of flow
How to induce conditions that bring about flow?
How Mihaly’s work co-incides with Self determination theory in all three dimensions – Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose
How can I make myself and others engaged and happy at my office?

Target Audience

Any agile professional

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