Mindfulness practices have become mainstream in many leading organizations, such as Google, Aetna, and the U.S. military. In stark contrast with the substantial knowledge guiding mindfulness practices in contemplative and clinical contexts, very little is known about mindfulness’s workplace integration and impacts. To catalyze similarly rigorous scholarship and standardized practices, this discussion will consider why and how individual workers and organizations may cultivate mindfulness. The session will begin with a multidisciplinary review of research indicating mindfulness’s impacts on workplace wellness and performance. Two experienced mindfulness trainers will then share their approach to, and experience with, mindfulness training in diverse organizations, including higher education and financial institutions. Discussion will conclude with thoughts on where the budding subfield of contemplative management is today, and how it can grow from both scientific and practical perspectives.
Jeremy Hunter, PhD
Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management
Jeremy Hunter, PhD, is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler as well as Associate Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. Over a decade ago, he … MORE