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Workplace Happiness - Is Business Agility Taking us Towards Happy Workplaces?

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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 business agility keeps us happy in the true sense.

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

Richard M. Ryan et al’s Self Determination Theory – led to a book Drive by Dan Pink
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.

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Workplace Happiness - Is Business Agility Taking us Towards Happy Workplaces?

  1. 1. WORKPLACE HAPPINESS - IS BUSINESS AGILITY TAKING US TOWARDS HAPPY WORKPLACES? Vivek Ganesan 1st – 3rd December, 2017 | Westin, Hyderabad, INDIA
  2. 2. WORKPLACE HAPPINESS Is Business Agility Taking Us Towards Happy Workplaces? Vivek Ganesan Agile / DevOps Coach
  3. 3. What have we become?
  4. 4. What is Workplace Happiness?
  5. 5. Is the Work - Life Balance narrative fair?
  6. 6. What do people mean when they say Work-Life Balance?
  7. 7. What do people mean when they say Work-Life Balance? WORK LIFE
  8. 8. What do people mean when they say Work-Life Balance? WORK LIFE There is NO life in work
  9. 9. Is there a better way to look at it?
  10. 10. Is there a better way to look at it? WORK LIFE People experience life while they work
  11. 11. Can work, by itself, bring happiness? Happiness at Work
  12. 12. If everyone’s definition of happiness differs… How can we effectively measure / improve it ?
  13. 13. If you want to measure happiness, just ask people if they are happy or not
  14. 14. What if you want to measure improve happiness levels?
  15. 15. Correlation is the key
  16. 16. Good News Correlation studies already exist
  17. 17. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Experience Sampling Method
  18. 18. What is common among these three?
  19. 19. What is common among these three four?
  20. 20. What is common among these three? ● We don’t consciously realize the passage of time ● We have a good time engaging in these activities - We feel good while we do them. ● We experience a state of FLOW
  21. 21. Will we be happy at work if our work is FLOW inducing?
  22. 22. What are the conditions necessary to induce a state of FLOW? Interesting & Clear Goals Frequent Feedback Manageable Challenges Finished Task with Visible Progress Increase in Skill Level Satisfaction
  23. 23. Daniel Pink Commentary on Self Determination Theory of Edward L . Deci and Richard Ryan
  24. 24. What is common among these logos?
  25. 25. What is common among these logos? ● Voluntary contribution without remuneration (Not salaried employees) ● Why do people contribute their expertise and time without any benefit? ● If they don’t derive happiness from this activity, why would they do it?
  26. 26. What motivates people? Extrinsic Motivation Rewards & Punishments
  27. 27. What motivates people? Extrinsic Motivation Rewards & Punishments Intrinsic Motivation Motivation from within
  28. 28. What motivates people? Extrinsic Motivation Rewards & Punishments Intrinsic Motivation Motivation from within Autonomy Mastery Purpose
  29. 29. What motivates people? Extrinsic Motivation Rewards & Punishments Intrinsic Motivation Motivation from within PERSONAL SATISFACTION Autonomy Mastery Purpose
  30. 30. Does Agility Make us Happy? Factor Agile I T / Product Development Conditions for Flow Clear Goals Frequent Feedback Manageable Challenges Drive - Personal Satisfaction Autonomy Mastery Purpose
  31. 31. Does Business Agility Make us Happy? Factor Agile Product Development / I T Business Agility Conditions for Flow Clear Goals Frequent Feedback Manageable Challenges Drive - Personal Satisfaction Autonomy Mastery Purpose
  32. 32. What did we learn? ● Work-life balance ○ Bad narrative - Life at Work matters! ● Flow - Happiness as +ve Engagement ○ Flow as a state of happiness ○ Pre-conditions of Flow ● Drive - Happiness as Personal Satisfaction ○ Extrinsic Motivation - Carrots & Sticks ○ Intrinsic Motivation - Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose ● Does Agility make us happy? ○ More happiness if entire business is agile not just IT / Product Development Happiness as positive engagement Happiness as personal satisfaction
  33. 33. Thank you!! You can permit me to send articles on agile/devops at http://www.bit.ly/permit-vivek Hey! Did I tell you that I am a published author? WARNING: BLATANT MARKETING ATTEMPT
  34. 34. Questions?

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