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Original Research ARTICLE

Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00255

Online Mindfulness Training Increases Well-Being, Emotional Intelligence, and Workplace Competency Ratings: A Randomized Waitlist-Controlled Trial Provisionally accepted The final, formatted version of the article will be published soon. Notify me

Ruby Nadler1*, Julie J. Carswell1 and  John Paul Minda2
  • 1Other, Canada
  • 2University of Western Ontario, Canada

A randomized waitlist-controlled trial was conducted to assess the effectiveness of an online 8-week mindfulness-based training program in a sample of adults employed fulltime at a Fortune 100 company in the United States. Baseline measures were collected in both intervention and control groups. Following training, the intervention group (N = 37) showed statistically significant increases in resilience and positive mood, and significant decreases in stress and negative mood. There were no reported improvements in the wait-list control group (N = 65). Trait mindfulness and emotional intelligence (EI) were also assessed. Following the intervention mindfulness intervention participants reported increases in trait mindfulness and increases on all trait EI facets with the exception of empathy. The control group did not report any positive changes in these variables, and reported reductions in resilience and increases in negative mood. Finally, both self and colleague ratings of workplace competencies were collected in the intervention group only and provided preliminary evidence that mindfulness training enhanced performance on key leadership competencies including competencies related to decisiveness and creativity. The present study demonstrates the effectiveness of an online-based mindfulness training program for enhancing well-being, self-perceptions of emotional intelligence, and workplace performance.

Keywords: mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Intervention, resilience, stress, Workplace, Emotional Intelligence, 360 assessment

Received: 01 Aug 2019; Accepted: 03 Feb 2020.

Copyright: © 2020 Nadler, Carswell and Minda. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Ruby Nadler, Other, London, Canada, rubynadler3@gmail.com