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From the non-stop pull of smart phones to overcommitted working parents, the average American worker is constantly plugged in and on the go. Such a cognitive overload can have dire consequences. These consequences include: memory and concentration problems; hostility and aggression; anxiety; and poor judgment (Smith, 2014). These effects of overload most certainly decrease the effectiveness of work productivity. To get the best out of their employees, restoring their wellbeing and re-engaging them at work should be of value to organizations across the country.
Being mindful can increase wellbeing and engagement in activities along with improving concentration. Mindfulness also decreases stress and the likelihood of depression. One of the ways to increase mindfulness is through the practice of meditation (Benefits of Mindfulness, 2013). To use mindfulness and mediation in the corporate world, it can be administered through coaching. As organizational coaches work with employees, they can teach mindfulness meditation along with the use of wellbeing and positive assessments to create more engaged, focused employees and to help aid in leadership development. Assessments can be administered pre- and post- coaching experience to gauge effectiveness. The research for this project was the result of my studies in the Business Psychology graduate program at Franklin University and was used as my mastery project.
Organizational Behavior and Theory
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