We consider happiness as a motor. Happiness is a source of life joy at work, happiness facilitates work e.g. in challenging times. An organization in which people are happy performs better. Happy employees are more productive, more creative and work better together. In addition, they are much less ill. Scientific research shows that an investment in happiness can have major effects.

How about a reduction in absenteeism from 7% to 2%? Or an increase in labor productivity of 31%?

With its scientific background, the FLOW Consciousness Academy (FCA) knows what a happy organization should look like. The FCA measures happiness, provides insight into happiness and increases happiness.

And the good news is: it is usually easy to make people in an organization happier and more passionate.


What exactly does happiness consist of? Happiness, especially in our work, is determined by four various determinants.

The first is meaning. It means that we want to do something that makes sense. We want to help people, make a contribution.

In addition, happiness consists of autonomy . We want to feel free, not just follow orders. We want to make decisions ourselves.

Competence is the third important determinant. It mainly describes our motive for wanting to grow. We want to develop, we want to do something that we can do well. We also want to be appreciated.

The last thing is connectedness. This determinant relates to our need for social contacts. While some prefer close proximity to colleagues more than others, connectedness increases happiness in the workplace for almost everyone.

With our Happiness Monitor you measure not only happiness but also these determinants of happiness. And more importantly: we can help you positively influence these aspects.

Do you want to know more about the science behind happiness? Then sign up immediately for our educational workshops (s. below).


Once you have mapped happiness and its determinants, you will know which buttons to turn to increase the general feeling of happiness. This is important, because happy employees are more productive, more creative, work better together, are less stressed and as a result less often sick.

For example, is the autonomy low in a particular department? Promote flexible working! Or let employees determine their own working hours. For example, an employee with young children is given the opportunity to work in the evening after she has put the children to bed, while another has space in the evening, without being busy with work, for example to play sports.

Does it appear that employees want to grow more and have a need to perform? Invite them to set small and achievable goals themselves. Emphasize that these can be both work-related goals (such as calling two clients every week) and personal goals (such as exercising twice a week).

Connectivity within an organization can also be increased. Google, the number one favorite American company to work for, knows this better than anyone. It offers its employees free breakfast, lunch and dinner and it is possible to exercise or go to the hairdresser during working hours. Google thus stimulates mutual contact between employees, creating a pleasant corporate culture. This makes employees happier and therefore more productive. These examples are not feasible for every company, but the rationale is. You can also achieve a lot with smaller changes.

The above examples are just a selection of a large number of possible interventions to increase happiness. Our FCA can help you map and increase happiness through proven interventions.


Happy colleagues are more creative and productive, they work better together, are less ill and they are better ambassadors for your organization. Happiness is often seen as the result of all kinds of positive developments, but scientific research is clear: happiness is the cause. Happy organizations do better, also economically and financially. In fact, increasing happiness seems to be the best way to improve the performance of your organization. More happiness therefore literally and figuratively leads to more profit. Investing in happiness pays off.

Most companies periodically conduct a job satisfaction survey. That is understandable, but it is outdated and not very ambitious. Satisfaction signals little more than the absence of problems. It dates back to the time when we hoped that dockworkers‘ discontent would not lead to strikes. Satisfaction is part of a conservative HR policy, which is aimed at not allowing men and women in the workplace to pass the lower limit. After that, satisfaction has become too tight. We want more. We want happiness and enthusiasm, a kind of happiness ‚plus‘. And that makes sense! Because who wants satisfaction, if you can also choose happiness?

More and more organizations, such as Semco, Google and Zappos, are therefore aiming to increase happiness.

Happiness is no longer a frivolous extra, but an important part of policy and strategy. Sure, happiness is fashionable, but more importantly, organizations have simply come to see that it helps.


Are you enthusiastic about the theme of happiness and would you like to get started? Then creating support is an important first step. An inspiration session is ideally suited for this. We bring the topic to life by talking about:

  • the genetic aspects of happiness
  • the determinants of happiness
  • measuring and increasing the determinants
  • the effects of being happy
  • the influence of products and experiences
  • proven ways to make yourself and your organization happier.

We always tailor an inspiration session, so that it is well attuned to your goals. It is possible to book an inspiration session for both small and large groups.
Are you interested in an inspiration session? We would love to hear from you.


Do you want to get started immediately? Which can! Our FCA also organizes various interesting workshops.

As a participant, you acquire new knowledge, which you can also use immediately. We discuss the scientific theories behind happiness using recognizable examples. You then use that knowledge to work on your own practical case. We believe that getting started yourself ensures the best result.

During a workshop you will learn:

  • know and understand important scientific theories of happiness
  • knowing the formula of happiness
  • understand the determinants of happiness
  • what great benefits happiness brings us
  • how happiness can be measured
  • proven effective ways to increase happiness.

We provide both individual workshops and workshop series. Depending on your wishes, we provide depth to each of the topics. Because the science of happiness is rich and comprehensive, most organizations opt for a series of two or more workshops. We are happy to discuss your wishes and put together a program that exactly matches this.

Do you want to know more? Then take contact with, writing an e-mail to:! We are happy to give you advice, because we have thoroughly studied the do’s and don’ts.

Marco  Giannecchini, MD
Founder & Director of the FLOW Consciousness Academy