A Swiss army knife? How science challenges our understanding of mindfulness in the workplace

Maree Roche*, Darren Good, Christopher Lyddy, Michelle R. Tuckey, Marina Grazier, Hannes Leroy, Ute Hülsheger

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While mindfulness has demonstrated many advantages in the workplace, this paper addresses important issues around the future of mindfulness at work. We begin by clarifying our understanding of mindfulness in the workplace. This is followed by a discussion on the problematic nature of mindfulness-based interventions in workplaces and potential guidance is provided for those who intend to undertake interventions. Finally, we examine how workplaces are naturalistic settings that differ in how they can nurture mindfulness in employees. Ultimately this paper provides organizations and practitioners insight into potential issues in navigating mindfulness at work, while also providing cautionary optimism around the future of mindfulness in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100766
Number of pages9
JournalOrganizational Dynamics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Mindfulness
  • Evidence
  • Environments
  • Interventions
  • Leadership
  • Well-being

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