Source: Mindfulness in Organizations (Edited by Jochen Reb and Paul W. B. Atkins, 2015)
Note: See “Long Version” for references citations for each finding.
More effective TEAM MANAGEMENT and INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Improved INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONS
Helps individuals to DISCERN A COWORKERS NEGATIVE AFFECT, which helps a leader TAKE ACTION BEFORE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS ESCALATE.
Increases EMPATHY and SELF AWARENESS, which generates AUTHENTICITY and GENERATES CONCERN FOR OTHERS, leading to HIGHER TRUST
Increases SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS that follows from empathy
Enhances EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (sensory, perceptual, and self-regulatory components)
Enhances STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING and INTUITION
Increased capacity to PROCESS SITUATIONS from a VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES and to DELEGATE DECISIONS rather than spend time on less important issues.
May prevent PREMATURE and NARROW PROBLEM DEFINITION
Reduces NEGATIVITY BIAS
Is negatively associated with OVERCONFIDENCE
Through its link with UNBIASED INFORMATION PROCESSING can help decision makers BECOME MORE AWARE of UNCERTAINTY.
As mindfulness is associated with BETTER EMOTIONAL and BEHAVIORAL REGULATION ,it may also help decision makers to FORGO IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION for HIGHER FUTURE BENEFITS.
The safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment cultivated by mindfulness activates neural systems that ALLOW INDIVIDUALS to LEARN and ADAPT to DEMANDS of the situation
Increases CAPACITY to LEARN and CHANG
Enhances READINESS for CHANGE
INNOVATION and CREATIVITY
Improves individual’s PEREPTION CUES that allow for a shift in consciousness from goal to process, which opens up opportunities for CREATIVITY, which encourages EXPLORATION of MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES and to ATTEND TO INFOMATION HOLISTICALLY
Increases the POSSIBILITIES that a new approach will be discovered.
Promotes COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY, OPEN MINDEDNESS, and RESPONSE FLEXIBIL
Better DISCERMENT AMONG OPTIONS and DECISIONS that align with org values and goals
Promotes PRIORITIZATION of key assignments and appropriate attention to relevant knowledge
Focuses cognitive process so we MORE ACCURATELY ASSESS the PRESENT MOMENT and RESPOND SKILLFULLY and EFFECTIVELY instead of reactively and habitually.
Decreased use of AUTOMATIC COGNITIVE PROCESSES and HABITUAL REACTIONS
Improves ATTENTION and CONCENTRATION
Reduces NEGATIVE EFFECTS of MULTI-TASKING
Instills an AWARENESS of and INCREASED TOLERANCE for EXPERIENCING a VARIETY of EMOTIONS – The ability to pause and slow down before acting
Improves COPING MECHANISMS and CULTIVATES FASTER RECOVERY from negative events
Reduces the NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF SHAME thereby increasing one’s ABILITY TO ENDURE THROUGH CHALLENGES
Allows professionals to ACCEPT THEMSELVES and THEIR MISTAKES and not shame or blame, reducing creativity, innovation, and learning
Increases SELF COMPASSION leading to higher sense of WELL BEING
Allows us to observe and interpret emotional experiences without judgment
Helps us manage highly reactive thoughts and feelings before they overtake behavior and enables individuals to recover more quickly from failure or criticism
STRESS and HEALTH
Teaches employees how to MANAGE THEIR OWN STRESS
Significantly increases capacity to COPE with STRESS and increases their SENSE of WELL BEING
Enhances PHYSICAL and MENTAL HEALTH