Fulfillment in the Workplace
Leadership • Fulfillment • Productivity

Seminar Instructor: Raj Raghunathan, PhD
Upcoming Course Dates: February 7, 2020

Firms with higher levels of employee satisfaction routinely out-perform those with lower employee satisfaction. This seminar provides participants with valuable insights into why employee well-being is such a powerful driver of firm profits and performance and what employees and managers can do to enhance workplace well-being.

Course Description

Several findings have shown that one of the most important determinants of firm-value and firm-profits is employee well-being. For instance, firms with higher levels of employee satisfaction routinely out-perform those with lower employee satisfaction in terms of stock performance and customer satisfaction. Thus employee well-being is an important driver—perhaps one of the most important drivers—of firm profits and performance.

Led by Raj Raghunathan, Professor at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business and author of If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?, this seminar provides participants with valuable insights into: 1) why employee well-being is such a powerful driver of firm profits and performance, and 2) what employees and managers can do to enhance employee well-being. Both of these questions are explored from the lens of science, particularly positive psychology and behavioral economics.

In particular, participants can expect to become more knowledgeable about:

  1. The three main determinants of happiness,
  2. The three goals that all humans desire, and
  3. Policies and practices with a proven track record of improving employee happiness

This seminar is useful for anyone who wishes to enhance his or her own well-being, and to those interested in enhancing the well-being of employees in his/her organization.

Dr. Raghunathan believes that the best learning happens when participants are engaged and having fun. So, the seminar focuses less on lectures, and more on activities that promote self-discovery and interactivity. Specifically, participants can expect to complete several research-backed scales that help identify strengths and values. Participants can also expect to get to know the other participants at a deeper, more “real self” (as opposed to PR-self) level.

Details & Registration

Location: UT Austin Campus
Upcoming Courses: February 7, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.7 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this course (seven hours of instruction)

Seminar Pricing

Seminar Fee Includes:

  • Course Registration
  • Parking
  • WiFi Access
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Course Materials

If you have questions prior to registering, please see our Professional Training FAQ or contact Miles Husid, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator, at miles.husid@utexas.edu.

Spring 2020

Course Leader(s)

Raj Raghunathan, a Professor of Marketing at UT Austin, juxtaposes theories from psychology, behavioral sciences, decision theory, and marketing to document and explain interrelationships between affect and consumption behavior. His work has been cited in mass media outlets such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American Statesman, The Houston Chronicle, and Self magazine. He has taught in the executive program at the McCombs School of Business for more than seven years. In addition, he has taught executives from around the world, including Thailand, Finland, and China. He writes about his views on creativity, productivity, leadership, and self-regulation on his popular Psychology Today blog, Sapient Nature. His latest book, If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? was released in 2017.

Who Should Participate?

The majority of participants in our Seminars and Certificate Programs are mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, nonprofit, government, or military sectors; however, professionals at all levels of experience are welcome to participate. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in an HDO Professional Seminar.

While all HDO Seminars are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find Fulfillment in the Workplace most directly relevant to their work:

  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Individuals or teams working for organizations that already emphasize the “triple bottom-line” (profits, customer welfare, and employee welfare)
Out-of-Town Participants

For participants coming in for seminars from outside the Austin area, there are several hotels near campus, many within walking distance.

HDO recommends the following hotels:

HDO works with these many of these venues on a regular basis. If you need assistance selecting a hotel, please contact Jessica Crawford, HDO’s Senior Administrative Associate at jessica.crawford@austin.utexas.edu.

On-campus parking is covered for all participants for the day of their seminar. For transit information, please visit Capital Metro’s website.


I thoroughly enjoyed the team collaboration aspects of the seminar, but my favorite points were related to gratitude and asking important questions. I plan to introduce and implement that idea of the “Vision Board” in my department and hopefully to the entire division in the hope that the institution will implement this idea as well.

– Michelene A. Holmes, Clinical Program Coordinator, MD Anderson Cancer Center


Dr. Raghunathan was able to put reason into why the tactics of achieving happiness he presented are effective. It helps to have an expert shed light on this very important subject. All the book references will also enable us to look deeper into the subject matter.

– Francis Tsang, Site Lead, Clinical Transformation at University Medical Center Brackenridge


The seminar featured a great mix of lecture and interactive activities. I enjoyed the group interaction and relating the material to both personal and workplace situations. A big new takeaway for me was the concept of shadow values, which provides key insights into both my own reactions to certain people and scenarios and helps me understand the reactions of others. This will translate to better situation management.

– Melissa Ossian, aPHR, M.A., Academic Advising Coordinator, UT Austin


Raj’s ability to link social science research to direct applicability in not only prioritizing happiness as a noble pursuit but also as a benefit functionally to individuals, organizations, and societies. The exercises, discussions, and tools were elegantly appropriate at each stage to bring concepts to life! Make it two days!

– Jim Smalley, System Director, Organizational Development, Texas Children’s Hospital


This seminar came at exactly the right time! It helped me begin to determine where my unhappiness stemmed from – maybe not my job or organization – but a loss of purpose. This has been an enlightening course and I plan to share it with my colleagues, family, and friends!

– Lauren Duplessis, Management of Volunteer Engagement, Baker Ripley