Mindfulness may improve employee performance

Stabilizes attention; improves behavior, focus, stress-management

MINDFULNESS EMERGED from Buddhist philosophy and has been cultivated for millennia through meditation practices. The human mind is estimated to wander roughly half of our waking hours, but mindfulness can stabilize attention in the moment.

A new comprehensive analysis published in the Journal of Management suggests that injecting a corporate culture of mindfulness improves attention, behavior, focus, and stress-management in the workplace.

“When you are mindful, you can have a greater consciousness in the present,” says organizational behavioral-doctoral candidate Christopher Lyddy from Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management.

The researchers considered 4,000 scientific papers on various aspects of mindfulness, distilling information into an accessible guide documenting the impact has on how people think act, feel, relate, and perform in the office.

Among the study’s conclusions appear to have a positive impact on overall human functioning. It has shown to boost three qualities of attention— control, efficiency, and stability.

Individuals who completed the training were shown to remain vigilant on both visual and listening tasks. Initial evidence suggests that it has also an effect on interpersonal behavior and workgroup relationships that further develop through greater empathy and compassion, and could eventually enhance workplace processes. Ma. Vanessa L. Estinozo with a Science Daily report

Vital Signs Issue 87 Vol. 4, May 1-31 2016