Exploring barriers that prevent employees from experiencing flow in the software industry

Saima Ritonummi, Valtteri Siitonen, Markus Salo, Henri Pirkkalainen

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the barriers that prevent workers in the software industry from experiencing flow in their work. Design/methodology/approach: This study was conducted by using a qualitative critical incident technique-inspired questionnaire. Findings: The findings suggest that workers in the software industry perceive that the most obvious obstacles to experiencing flow are related to work not presenting enough cognitive challenges and situational barriers related to the characteristics of the job (e.g. workdays having too many interruptions and distractions, timetables often being considered too tight for creative exploration and problem solving and having negative user experiences with development tools). Originality/value: The findings provide insights into flow barriers, specifically barriers that prevent workers in the software industry from experiencing flow.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Workplace Learning
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Flow experience
  • Software development
  • Software industry

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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