APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Abstract Detail: Mindfulness goes to work: Impact of an online workplace intervention

Resources for Employers

Articles & Research Abstracts

Complete Reference

Title

Mindfulness goes to work: Impact of an online workplace intervention

Available Online http://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2014/0700...
Publication Date July 2014
Author Kimberly A. Aikens, John Astin, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Kristin Levanovich, Catherine M. Baase, Yeo Yung Park, and Catherine M. Bodnar
Source Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Source Type Journal Article
Summary

This article focuses on a mindfulness program created for the workplace. Specifically, the authors aimed to evaluate program practicality and effectiveness in decreasing employee stress and enhancing resiliency and well-being. Study participants from The Dow Chemical Company were randomly assigned to either an online mindfulness intervention or a wait-list control group. Findings indicate significant decreases in perceived stress and increases in mindfulness, resiliency, and vigor for the group that participated in the mindfulness intervention. Hence, this online program appears to be both practical and effective in enhancing employee well-being.

Keywords Employee well-being, mindfulness, intervention, workplace wellness, technology, online intervention, employee stress, resiliency, vigor, work engagement
Reference

Aikens, K.A., Astin, J., Pelletier, K.R., Levanovich, K., Baase, C.M., Park, Y.Y., & Bodnar, C.M. (2014). Mindfulness goes to work: Impact of an online workplace intervention. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(7), 721-731.

"As a result of our focus on creating a good working environment, ARUP has enjoyed high morale and productivity, low turnover and absenteeism, enhanced recruitment and retention, and positive customer relations."

Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D.
CEO and Chairmain of the Board
ARUP Laboratories, Past Winner, Utah