Art & Science of Mindfulness
Research on mindfulness in the workplace has mostly focused on the objective of trying to improve levels of work-related well-being (Van Gordon, Shonin, Zangeneh, et al., 2014). Companies such as Dow Chemical, Aetna, General Mills, Google, Nike, Ford and Apple have been using mindfulness initiatives such as meditation, yoga, breath control, stretching and the distribution of positive messages via e-mail and slide presentations to help employees reduce stress, improve mental and emotional resiliency, promote creativity, increase productivity and become more engaged with their work and each other (Mindful Spring, 2018; OnlineMBA, 2017; Pinsker, 2015).
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- Mindfulness has been applied increasingly to stress and wellness management; however, its importance to the practice of safety is just becoming recognized.
- Mindfulness fosters positive attributes linked with enhanced task-specific safety performance.
- Meditation training can be provided to line workers by adapting tools such as smartphone apps. Typical exercises include guided meditations, breath control, body scans, self/team focusing activities and examination routines.