Symposium 1210 - 'Being Mindful Matters!' Exploring The Effects Of Mindfulness In The Workplace

Friday May 19   11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Positive organizational behaviour
Being mindful matter! Exploring the effects of mindfulness in the workplace
A. Junça Silva*
Main Abstract Content: State of the art
Recently, the concept of mindfulness has received considerable attention in organizational psychology. Mindfulness is the process of being aware and paying attention to what is happening in the moment (Brown, Ryan, & Creswell, 2007). Some scholars have suggested that mindfulness has a relevant role in work-related outcomes, such as, task performance (Dane, 2011) or physical health (Glomb, Duffy, Bono, & Yang, 2011). Despite its importance, empirical evidence on mindfulness at work is still scarce (Hülsheger, Alberts, Feinholdt & Lang, 2013). For instance, the relationship between mindfulness and diverse work-related behaviors, such as, creativity or innovation, is still unknown. This symposium aims to extend findings on the role of mindfulness in the workplace and study its impact on creativity, innovation, well-being and ethic behaviors.
New perspectives/contributions
This symposium represents five universities from four countries and encompasses five studies. The first one is a multi-method and multi-sample set of three studies and intends to analyze whether work engagement mediates the link mindfulness-creativity. The second study is based on two samples, and explores the relationship between mindfulness and creativity, and the mediating role of well-being and self-efficacy creativity between this link. The third study is a diary one and explores the moderating role of mindfulness between daily events and workers’ well-being. The forth study analyzes the moderating role of mindfulness on the link between experiential avoidance and employees’ well-being. At last, the fifth study explores the mediating role of empathy between mindfulness and ethic behaviors at work.
Research/practical implications
This symposium extends previous knowledge on mindfulness at work and allows for a better understanding of the mechanisms by which it can promote positive behaviors and wellbeing.

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