Mindfulness at work

Theresa M. Glomb, Michelle K. Duffy, Joyce E. Bono, Tao Yang

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Abstract

In this chapter, we argue that state and trait mindfulness and mindfulness-based practices in the workplace should enhance employee outcomes. First, we review the existing literature on mindfulness, provide a brief history and definition of the construct, and discuss its beneficial effects on physical and psychological health. Second, we delineate a model of the mental and neurobiological processes by which mindfulness and mindfulness-based practices improve self-regulation of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, linking them to both performance and employee well-being in the workplace. We especially focus on the power of mindfulness, via improved self-regulation, to enhance social relationships in the workplace, make employees more resilient in the face of challenges, and increase task performance. Third, we outline controversies, questions, and challenges that surround the study of mindfulness, paying special attention to the implications of unresolved issues for understanding the effects of mindfulness at work. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of our propositions for organizations and employees and offer some recommendations for future research on mindfulness in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in Personnel and Human Resources Management
EditorsAparna Joshi, Joseph Martocchio, Hui Liao
Pages115-157
Number of pages43
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Publication series

NameResearch in Personnel and Human Resources Management
Volume30
ISSN (Print)0742-7301

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    Glomb, T. M., Duffy, M. K., Bono, J. E., & Yang, T. (2011). Mindfulness at work. In A. Joshi, J. Martocchio, & H. Liao (Eds.), Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (pp. 115-157). (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management; Vol. 30). https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-7301(2011)0000030005