Massey University, New Zealand
Scientific Tracks Abstracts: Clin Exp Psychol
Statement of the Problem: In
simplest terms, mindfulness
is a state of being present
in a particular way. In the
organizations, the employee‚??s
state of mindfulness can provide
workplace benefits in terms
of employee‚??s well-being,
relationships, and performance.
Although the literature on
mindfulness has focused on
the workplace benefits of
mindfulness but relatively
limited is known about the
individual and work-related
factors that might facilitate or
hinder the state of mindfulness.
In other words, it is not clear
how specific context can
impact the state mindfulness
of employees. The purpose
of this study is to explore the
individual context to identify the
factors associated with the state
mindfulness of employees.
Methodology: The study adopts a phenomenological approach as a research strategy to understand the influence of context on the employee‚??s mindfulness from the perspectives and experiences of individuals in the workplace. The study intends to interview 30 professionals including faculty and staff of different Universities in New Zealand. The academic professionals will have a diversity of mindfulness experiences in terms of training and/or practice of mindfulness meditation. The interviews will be tape recorded after taking consent from the participants. The interview data will be analyzed using thematic analysis.
Significance: The findings of the study will expend literature on the context of mindfulness by underlining the individual and organizational factors that might impact the employee‚??s state of mindfulness. Practically, the study may benefit the organizational leaders to foster the state mindfulness of employees by incorporating the favorable and impeding the unfavorable contextual factors in order to obtain workplace benefits.
Wahab Shahbaz is a Ph.D. student at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include training and development of employees in the organizations. In particular, he is looking at the phenomenon of mindfulness and its application in the organizations. He intends to develop a mindfulness-based training program for organizations to improve the performance and well-being of employees.
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