Benefits of mindfulness at work : the role of mindfulness in emotion regulation, emotional exhaustion, and job satisfaction

U.R. Hülsheger, H.J.E.M. Alberts, A. Feinholdt, J.W.B. Lang

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Abstract

Mindfulness describes a state of consciousness in which individuals attend to ongoing events and experiences in a receptive and non-judgmental way. The present research investigated the idea that mindfulness reduces emotional exhaustion and improves job satisfaction. The authors further suggest that these associations are mediated by the emotion regulation strategy of surface acting. Study 1 was a 5-day diary study with 219 employees and revealed that mindfulness negatively related to emotional exhaustion and positively related to job satisfaction at both the within-and the between-person levels. Both relationships were mediated by surface acting at both levels of analysis. Study 2 was an experimental field study, in which participants (N = 64) were randomly assigned to a self-training mindfulness intervention group or a control group. Results revealed that participants in the mindfulness intervention group experienced significantly less emotional exhaustion and more job satisfaction than participants in the control group. The causal effect of mindfulness self-training on emotional exhaustion was mediated by surface acting. Implications for using mindfulness and mindfulness training interventions in organizational research and practice are discussed in conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-325
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume98
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • mindfulness
  • emotional exhaustion
  • emotional labor
  • job satisfaction
  • intervention
  • RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
  • STRESS REDUCTION
  • RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • TRAIT MINDFULNESS
  • LIFE SATISFACTION
  • NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
  • SELF-CONCORDANCE
  • AFFECTIVE EVENTS
  • MULTILEVEL SEM
  • SLEEP QUALITY

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