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Mindfulness at Work: A New Approach to Improving Individual and Organizational Performance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 July 2015

Patrick K. Hyland*
Affiliation:
Sirota Consulting, Purchase, New York
R. Andrew Lee
Affiliation:
The Potential Project, Danbury, Connecticut
Maura J. Mills
Affiliation:
Hofstra University
*
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Patrick K. Hyland, Sirota Consulting, 4 Manhattanville Road, Suite 101, Purchase, NY 10577. E-mail: phyland@sirota.com

Abstract

In recent years the concept of mindfulness has become increasingly popular, and with good reason. A growing body of research indicates that mindfulness provides a number of physical, psychological, and even performance benefits. As a result, some organizations have started offering mindfulness programs to their employees. But despite growing interest, mindfulness has received little attention from the industrial–organizational community. In this article, we provide an overview of what mindfulness is, where the concept came from, how it has been utilized and studied to date, and what its application in the work setting is. We also propose new directions for researchers and practitioners.

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