The effects of meditation on workplace stress and job satisfaction
Stilp, Nick, R.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
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The occupational world is evolving and becoming more competitive, and the complexity associated with these changes has generated excessive stress and low job satisfaction for much of the workforce population (Gregoire & Lachance, 2015). The purpose of this research was to investigate a potential solutions for mitigating the negative effects of stress and dissatisfaction--meditation. Office employees at Pacon Corporation in Appleton, Wisconsin were given the opportunity to participate in a two-month online meditation intervention. A pre-test post-test design was utilized to test three hypotheses; employees who participate in the meditation program will: (H1) experience an increase in mindfulness, (H2) experience a decrease in workplace stress, and (H3) experience an increase in job satisfaction. Three non-parametric Wilcoxon Signed-Ranks Tests revealed statistically significant support for an increase of mindfulness, but not a decrease in workplace stress or increase in job satisfaction. However, qualitative data revealed support for (H2) a decrease in stress since the most prevalent theme was a feeling of being more calm and less stressed. The implications for these findings such as a more mindful workforce and a positive work environment are discussed, as both employers and employees can benefit from integrating meditation into the occupational setting.