Working mindfully: Can mindfulness improve work-related wellbeing and work effectiveness?

Counselling at Work:14-19 (2014)

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Mark Griffiths
Deakin University
Edo Shonin
Nottingham Trent University
Abstract
There is currently growing interest among occupational stakeholders in the applications of mindfulness in the workplace. In addition to discussing the potential role that mindfulness may have in improving psychological wellbeing inside and outside of work, previous Counselling at Work articles on mindfulness have explored the change management implications associated with rolling out mindfulness interventions at the organisational level.1,2 Following a brief explanation of what we mean by the term ‘mindfulness’, this article complements these earlier perspectives by providing: (i) an up-to-date overview – with a focus on some of our own empirical work – of key developments and findings in occupation-focused mindfulness research, (ii) a discussion of the key mechanisms of action by which mindfulness may improve work-related wellbeing and job performance, and (iii) practical recommendations for the effective teaching of mindfulness in the workplace.
Keywords Stress  Job performance  Occupational stress  Mindfulness  Meditation  Buddhism  Psychology
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