Symposium 1438 - Mindfulness At Work: Daily Effects, Interventions And Practical Considerations

Emerging themes in I/O psychology
Friday May 19   11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Accenture Theatre
Emerging themes in I/O psychology
Mindfulness at Work: daily effects, interventions and practical considerations
M. Van Den Heuvel 1,*, U. Hülsheger 2
1Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises of a particular way of observing, i.e. paying attention to the present moment in an accepting, non-judgmental way. Mindfulness is well-studied as an intervention in clinical populations. Although interest in mindfulness at work has been growing, empirical studies are only starting to emerge.
The symposium will focus on various findings regarding mindfulness at work. It includes three diary studies and an intervention study, as well as a practitioner's perspective on the application of mindfulness.
The first (diary) study found that the negative daily relationship between exhaustion at work and happiness at home became weaker for employees high on mindfulness and high on openness to experience at the same time.
The second (diary) study found negative links between state mindfulness and exhaustion. The effect of trait mindfulness was mediated by resilience and state mindfulness, which were both negatively related to exhaustion.
The third (intervention) study tested the effectiveness of a mindfulness intervention in the health service. The intervention boosted mindfulness, resilience, well-being and emotion-regulation.
The fourth presentation discusses the practice of mindfulness interventions in organizations. What are key challenges emerging and which themes need more research?  
The final (diary) study found that on the daily level, the link between mindfulness and adaptivity is stronger for employees working in low-autonomy environments, while mindfulness only buffers against exhaustion when working in a high-autonomy environment.
Mindfulness can be trained and has (daily) benefits for employees. Effects can differ depending on work characteristics.

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