Research publications

Dr Kathryn Owler (PhD, UNSW), Joyworkz Director

Dr Kathryn Owler is one of New Zealand's leading authorities on fun at work and workplace wellbeing. During her time with Joyworkz, she has conducted academic research on the topic.

Published writing, research, conference talks and interviews on workplace wellness and fun at work

Owler, K. (2015). Fun at work: A journey of acceptance, joy and true meaning. Auckland: Joyworkz.

Owler, K. & Morrison, R. (2015). What makes learning advisors enjoy their work in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Journal of the Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Australia and New Zealand 1(1). Retrieved from

Morrison, R. L., & Owler, K. (2015). Women’s enjoyment of work and avoiding the Imposter Phenomenon: Enjoying what we do well or relishing the stretch assignment?. 4th New Zealand Organisational Behaviour / Organisational Psychology Conference. Auckland.

Morrison, R., & Owler, K. (2014). I hate my job! Factors leading to worker dissatisfaction and implications for management practice. The Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). Sydney.

Owler, K., & Morrison, R. (2014). Fun at work in a Learning Adviser environment: An interactive workshop. ATLAANZ Conference (Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand). Auckland.

Morrison, R. L., & Owler, K. (2013). Why workers love or hate their jobs. Second Annual New Zealand Industrial/Organisational Psychology Conference. Auckland.

Owler, K. (2013). How to have more fun at work. In ASC Administrators for Schools Conference. Auckland.

Parasher, Shishir. (2012). Interview: Get the intent right. The Human Factor Magazine: Special Issue: Fun at Work: The Positive Impact of Fun on Employee Productivity and the Bottom Line, 3(5): 24-25.

 Owler, K. (2012). Facilitating Internal Motivation: Impacts of the Life Code Matrix™ model on working life. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 10(2): 65-75.

Owler, K. & Morrison, R. (2012). A Place to be me, A Place Belong: Defining Fun at work in a New Zealand Call-Centre. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 12(1): 22-33.

Owler, K., Morrison, R. & B. Plester. (2010). Does Fun Work? The Complexity of Promoting Fun at Work. Journal of Management & Organisation, 16(3):338-352.

Owler, K. (2009). Research on fun at work. ACC Employers Seminar. Wellington.

Owler, K. (2008). How to have more fun at work. AGM for Career Practitioners Association of New Zealand (CPANZ). Auckland.

Owler, K. (2009). Research on fun at work. HRINZ Special interest group. Auckland.

Owler, K. (2008). Managers in Motion. New Zealand Management Magazine, November: 42-44.

Owler, K. (2008). Fun at Work: Fad or Serious Business. New Zealand Management Magazine, April: 40-42.

Leveson, V. (2007). Apply the breaks to stress (interview with stress expert, Dr Kathryn Owler), NZ Herald, July 7.

Owler, K. (2007). The Art of Induction: a Process not an Event. Human Resources Magazine, June/July 22-23.

Owler, K. (2007). Preventing pain and discomfort, Safeguard Magazine, May/June: 54.