This study focuses on the concept of flow, a concept taken from positive psychology, which includes a state of contemplation, dedication and well-being. Flow is specifically explored within knowledge work, and through qualitative interviews with three knowledge workers, this study examines to which extent these employees experience flow in their work as well as the importance of work conditions on the experience of flow, a field that flow theory in itself does not offer much attention. Rather, it is argued that the possibility of experiencing flow is more or less independent of external circumstances and thus depends on the individual's personal qualities. In my study, I show that the employees involved experience flow in work, that it is an extremely positive experience, but that the experience is relatively rare. Furthermore, the employees feel that their work conditions are essential when it comes to the possibility of experiencing flow. Factors such as cooperation, a fair amount of time to complete a task, that they are not interrupted by other tasks and that their project succeeds all help to facilitate flow in work. On the contrary, time pressure, interruptions, lack of sparring with others, insufficiently defined tasks and cumbersome decision-making have the opposite effect. Thus flow theory is being challenged as to its highly individual-oriented focus and the study contributes to a more nuanced picture of the opportunity of experiencing flow in work.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||21 jun. 2010|