Mindfulness at Work: Paying Attention to Enhance Well-Being and Performance

Oberdan Marianetti and Jonathan Passmore

in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195335446
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Mindfulness at Work: Paying Attention to Enhance Well-Being and Performance

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Organizational life today is riddled by challenges. Maintaining the competitive advantage in a climate of certain and constant change can be a struggle. With globalization, strong competition, cultural differences, and a lurking risk of stress always on the doorstep, organizations tend to push to their limits and befuture-focused on objectives and outcomes. The failure to focus their energy and attention to the present, the only time when our actions have an impact, influences their ability to communicate, lead, inspire, and ultimately thrive.

Mindfulness, the purposeful, nonjudgemental focus on the present, is one possible answer to these challenges. Mindfulness fosters a more inclusive and authentic vision of “reality” and promotes a more effective use of individual and organizational resources.

In this chapter, we present a case for introducing mindfulness in the workplace and provide an overview of its links to other applied positive psychology constructs, all of which contribute to a healthier and more productive experience of work-life.

Keywords: mindfulness; awareness; well-being; coaching; performance

Article.  8122 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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