Flow in the Workplace
If you bliss out over a perfectly curated Excel spreadsheet or workflow optimization is your jam, you already know where I’m going with this article today—flow in the workplace. Rough estimates out there suggest that the average human will spend over 90,000 hours at work, roughly ⅓ of their lifetime. Let’s make sure they at least feel good, shall we?
When we experience flow in the workplace, we are experiencing a phenomenon that helps us feel fulfilled, excited, and happy. We feel more satisfaction with our work, and all of these factors yield better performance and employee engagement. When we experience this state on the job, it also fosters other positive feelings like autonomy, connection, and self-efficacy. Flow is truly a win/win for all parties involved when we’re at the office—employees experiencing ample time in the zone are more likely to enjoy their job, and employers employing a bunch of happy, productive people will likely have better yield.
Now that we know what sort of conditions are most likely to induce a flow state, let’s consider how we might increase this experience while we’re at work. When was the last time you felt totally in the zone doing your work? What sort of task or project were you working on? What was your environment like, your collaborators, your tools?