Year of Publication
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Erin N. Haynes, DrPH, MS
Richard Crosby, DrPH
Susan Spengler, MD, MPH
Recharge Moments: A Pilot Study to Improve Mindfulness in the Workplace
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the physical and mental wellness of public health professionals. Mindfulness has been shown to be a protective factor against poor physical and mental health. Few studies have investigated the effectiveness of brief mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in the workplace. This pilot study aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a workplace-based intervention consisting of brief MBIs to improve physical and mental well-being.
Methods: This quasi-experimental study used a one-group pretest-posttest design. A convenience sample of volunteer participants currently employed by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) completed self-administered questionnaires pre-intervention (n=90) and post-intervention (n=43) containing 10-item scales and other questions to assess quantitatively and qualitatively break-time tendencies and burnout factors. The 10-week program was designed for use during designated work hours between October 2020 and January 2021. Effect size and paired sample t-tests were used to compare the means between pre- and post-intervention, and multivariable regression models were used to analyze work location (on-site, remote, hybrid) associations with break-time tendencies, burnout, and MBI use.
Results: Participants showed improvements in break-time tendencies, specifically decreased utilization of breaks to perform work-related tasks (p=0.05) or to think about/discuss work (p=0.0016). A positive correlation was seen between employees who think about/discuss work during breaks and overall burnout score (r=.30 p=0.04). Increased program participation correlated with improved break-time habits (p
Conclusions: Implementing MBIs in the workplace may reduce burnout factors, including stress, and improve break-time tendencies. Simple physical activities (e.g., walking and stretching) may be more likely to be utilized as MBIs.
Public Health Implications: Brief MBIs may be a cost-effective way to reduce stress in the workplace.
Data Source Utilized: Self-reported data were obtained through Survey Monkey questionnaires distributed to LFCHD employees with active email accounts.
Keel, Rodney "Scott" ,MD, MPH, "Recharge Moments: A Pilot Study to Improve Mindfulness in the Workplace" (2022). Theses and Dissertations--Public Health (M.P.H. & Dr.P.H.). 344.
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