ABSTRACT

In this chapter we address the identity work of sustaining a happy relationship to work. As an aspect of corollary work, identity work includes constant vigilance around making work enjoyable and the backgrounding of anxieties relating to work’s unhappy effects. Although there are overlaps in how study participants rationalise work as a site of happiness, and the identity work that goes into sustaining this, different emphases emerge for each cohort: for the digital creatives, the dissolving of worklife boundaries is emphasised; for the ICT managers, autonomy; and for the academics, work’s meaningfulness. Happiness can be seen as the animus that channels the flow of identity work and all of the corollary work that enacts MKWlife.