Th-SYM-1153-3 - The Impact Of Mindfulness On Employee Well-Being: A Test Of Two Interventions

Thursday May 18   01:15 PM to 02:15 PM (1 hour)
GM Auditorium
Positive organizational behaviour
The impact of mindfulness on employee well-being:
A test of two interventions
J. Van Wingerden*, A. B. Bakker 1
1Institute for Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Main Abstract Content: EAWOP17-SYMPOSIUM-1153
Purpose. The aim of this study was to investigate whether mindfulness interventions (one-day versus eight-week training program) can enhance employee well-being.
Methodology. The study used a quasi-experimental pre-test, post-test control-group design. Participants were 79 Dutch employees working in the financial sector.
Results. Multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVAs) revealed that both Mindfulness interventions (vs. control group) were successful. Participants’ mindfulness and levels of hope increased significantly after the interventions, while stress levels decreased. In addition, results showed that participants of the one-day training program scored significantly higher on work engagement, whereas participants of the eight-week training program scored significantly higher on psychological detachment. No differences on mindfulness, hope, stress levels, work engagement or psychological detachment were found in the control group. Thus, mindfulness interventions have a positive impact on employee well-being.
Limitations. The study was conducted among employees who were all working in one sector. In addition, only self-reports were used.
Research/practical implications. This study suggests that through mindfulness interventions, employees can not only enhance their mindfulness and psychological detachment from work, but also lower their stress levels and increase their work engagement. This suggests that mindfulness interventions may offer organizations an important means to foster employee well-being.
Originality. Previous research has shown that mindfulness interventions can enhance mindfulness practices. However, studies investigating the impact on employee well-being comparing short and long-term training programs are scarce. This is one of the first studies to use a quasi-experimental design with two intervention groups and a control group to test the impact on employee well-being.

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