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Workplace Culture: Mindfulness Boosts Bonding

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 4th, 2016

workplace mindfulness cultureMindfulness training in the workplace has been found to improve focus, lower stress, and help foster employee camaraderie, according to a new comprehensive analysis of mindfulness at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Mindfulness is the practice of living mindfully, or consciously, with non-judgmental acceptance of what is happening in the present moment. A mindful person is able to observe his or her thoughts and feelings from a distance without necessarily labeling them as good or bad.

Organizations such as Google, Mayo Clinic, and the United States Marine Corps use mindfulness training to improve workplace functioning.

Researchers looked at 4,000 scientific papers on various aspects of mindfulness, condensing the information into an accessible guide documenting the impact mindfulness has on how people think, feel, act, relate, and perform at work.

Of the thousands of empirical studies we read, only two reported any downside to mindfulness.

Among the study’s findings:

  • Research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine show that mindfulness improves attention, cognition, emotions, behavior, and physiology;
  • Mindfulness has been shown to improve three qualities of attention: stability, control, and efficiency. After receiving training in mindfulness, people were shown to remain vigilant longer on both visual and listening tasks;
  • Mindfulness positively affects interpersonal behavior and workgroup relationships;
  • It may improve relationships due to greater empathy and compassion, suggesting mindfulness training could enhance workplace processes that rely on effective leadership and teamwork.

 

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