After a surprising meeting with a wellness coach, I researched modern approaches to control employees’ positive attitudes at work.
According to a range of studies, feeling happy at work increases productivity by about 12%. The practice of wellness management in the workplace encourages activities geared towards maximizing enjoyment and minimizing suffering at work. The employment of such methods contributes to a structure of emotional capitalism in which one’s emotions become quantifiable data to control and standardize.
At a time of accelerating advances in technology, we can already observe side effects of controlling subjectivity at work like facial emotion recognition algorithm, electroencephalography helmets measuring levels of concentration in chain work or companies wellness programs that give access to benefits according to a score linked to the employee’s feelings.
As the practice of coaching wellbeing in the professional sphere continues to evolve with new technologies, this movie explores the consequences and rewards of these workplace techniques, particularly with regard to the potential effects caused by emotionally capitalist praxis in the near future. The emotional capsule is a fictional space of free will; it is designed to facilitate personal, sensory, and participatory experience in which anyone can reclaim their emotions, as a means to deal with a culture of standardization of happiness and enforcement of positive attitude.
Sound design by the talented Xavier Gignoux.