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Mindfulness Goes to Work: Impact of an Online Workplace Intervention

Aikens, Kimberly A. MD, MBA; Astin, John PhD; Pelletier, Kenneth R. PhD, MD (hc); Levanovich, Kristin MS; Baase, Catherine M. MD; Park, Yeo Yung PhD; Bodnar, Catherine M. MD, MPH

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: July 2014 - Volume 56 - Issue 7 - p 721–731
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000209
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Objective: The objective of this study was to determine whether a mindfulness program, created for the workplace, was both practical and efficacious in decreasing employee stress while enhancing resiliency and well-being.

Methods: Participants (89) recruited from The Dow Chemical Company were selected and randomly assigned to an online mindfulness intervention (n = 44) or wait-list control (n = 45). Participants completed the Perceived Stress Scale, the Five Facets of Mindfulness Questionnaire, the Connor-Davidson Resiliency Scale, and the Shirom Vigor Scale at pre- and postintervention and 6-month follow-up.

Results: The results indicated that the mindfulness intervention group had significant decreases in perceived stress as well as increased mindfulness, resiliency, and vigor.

Conclusions: This online mindfulness intervention seems to be both practical and effective in decreasing employee stress, while improving resiliency, vigor, and work engagement, thereby enhancing overall employee well-being.

From the The Aikens Approach, LLC (Dr Aikens), Ann Arbor, Michigan; California Pacific Medical Center (Dr Astin), San Francisco; University of Arizona School of Medicine and University of California School of Medicine (Dr Pelletier), San Francisco; The Dow Chemical Company (Dr Baase), Midland; Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology (Dr Park), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and The Dow Chemical Company (Dr Bodnar), Midland, Michigan.

Address correspondence to: Kimberly A. Aikens, MD, MBA, The Aikens Approach, LLC, 3955 Hanover Circle, Loxahatchee, FL 33470 (kim@aikensapproach.com).

All funding was provided by the American Health Association.

Dr Kimberly Aikens is the founder of The Aikens Approach LLC and the program developer. Nevertheless, she received no remuneration of any type for this research project or the work done at The Dow Chemical Company. Other authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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