Be Happy: Find Your Flow
We typically read about all that’s broken in the workplace: how low employee and manager engagement numbers are and how much those low scores cost U.S. companies each year. The infographic at right does a good job presenting the dark realities of engagement, as well as how even modest investments in Culture provide outstanding returns in employee satisfaction and workplace happiness.
If you are honest with yourself about what you seek from the work you do it’s probably safe to say that Purpose and Meaning are at the center, buttressed by a belief that others appreciate your contributions and care about your well-being. Guess what? You’re not alone. We all search for that.
Whether the disengaged actively resist their lot in life, or are just disenchanted looking for direction, remember that our happiness is up to each of us.
In this short interview, Jason Silva shares a secret to realizing happiness in his work by recognition of being in a flow-state, “what happens to me when I am caught up in a specific idea, in some specific subject that captures my imagination, is that I forget myself. I lose myself in the cognitive activity of this idea. And then what happens is you transcend self-consciousness, you transcend insecurity, you transcend self-doubt. You kind of get out of your own way.”
We’re not suggesting that finding your flow state is the way to happiness and fulfillment at work, but it is a way to determine if you’re in the right place - so give it a go!