Work-related mental health and job performance: can mindfulness help?

Van Gordon, W. ORCID: 0000-0002-5648-3043, Shonin, E., Zangeneh, M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2014. Work-related mental health and job performance: can mindfulness help? International Journal of Mental Health Addiction, 12 (2), pp. 129-137. ISSN 1557-1874

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Work-related mental health issues such as work-related stress and addiction to work impose a significant health and economic burden to the employee, the employing organization, and the country of work more generally. Interventions that can be empirically shown to improve levels of work-related mental health – especially those with the potential to concurrently improve employee levels of work performance – are of particular interest to occupational stakeholders. One such broad-application interventional approach currently of interest to occupational stakeholders in this respect is mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Following a brief explication of the mindfulness construct, this paper critically discusses current research directions in the utilization of mindfulness in workplace settings and assesses its suitability for operationalization as an organization-level work-related mental health intervention. By effecting a perceptual-shift in the mode of responding and relating to sensory and cognitive-affective stimuli, employees that undergo mindfulness training may be able to transfer the locus of control for stress from external work conditions to internal metacognitive and attentional resources. Therefore, MBIs may constitute cost-effective organization-level interventions due to not actually requiring any modifications to human resource management systems and practises. Based on preliminary empirical findings and on the outcomes of MBI studies with clinical populations, it is concluded that MBIs appear to be viable interventional options for organizations wishing to improve the mental health of their employees.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Can mindfulness really improve work-related mental health and job performance? [working title]
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health Addiction
Creators: Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Zangeneh, M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Date: 2014
Volume: 12
Number: 2
ISSN: 1557-1874
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 30 Nov 2015 12:06
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2022 08:44

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