Fr-OR-S78-4 - Mindfulness In Commercial Settings: Enablers And Inhibitors

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Positive organizational behaviour
Mindfulness in Commercial Settings: Enablers and Inhibitors
N. Imbusch*, S. Giga 1, A. Collins 1
1Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Content: Purpose: The study explored line managers’ perceptions of how their interpersonal, mindfulness behaviours can be enacted in the context of the manager-subordinate relationship within commercial organisations. This paper focuses on one aspect of the findings, namely the organisational enablers and inhibitors which line managers encounter when attempting to avail of mindfulness-based interventions, or while enacting mindfulness-based behaviours, at work. Topics such as culture, emotion management and gender, are considered in attempting to understand the juxtaposition of mindfulness within commercial settings.
Design/Methodology: Line managers from commercial organisations, who have experience of mindfulness (through formal training or personal practice) and who demonstrate high dispositional mindfulness (measured using the SF-FFMQ) participate in a one-to-one, semi-structured interview. Template analysis is used to interpret the data.
Results: Template analysis reveals participants’ perceptions of organisational factors which influence their experience of mindfulness at work.
Limitations:  The qualitative approach to data analysis does not lend itself to generalizability; nonetheless, there is value in taking exploratory approach to a topic which lacks an agreed operationalised definition and which is heavily weighted in empirical research.
Research/Practical Implications: This research supports the view that a focus on individualised MBIs in organisational settings inhibits the examination of organisational, systemic issues which can at the root of the need for work-place, mindfulness-based interventions.
Originality/Value: This research is original due to the combination of participant sample and research design, and adds value to this field by providing rich, exploratory insights to an area which is more usually researched empirically.

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