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Namastay productive: A five-week quasi-experimental controlled pilot study on the effects of the yoga- and mindfulness-based intervention YOMIwork on employee stress and productivity

Lundahl, Sofia LU and Kristiansson, Emilia LU (2016) PSPT02 20161
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The use of corporate-based yoga and mindfulness interventions has increased during the past decades, however research on the effects of these programs is still limited. The primary purpose of this five-week controlled study was to measure the effects of the YOMIwork program, a group intervention bridging yoga and mindfulness with psychology, on perceived stress, mindfulness and productivity in relation to employee health in a group of social workers (n=24), compared to a control group assigned to a waitlist condition (n=22). The results showed that the intervention had a large effect on stress (the Perceived Stress Scale), as well as a moderate effect on productivity in relation to employee health (the Health and Work Questionnaire). The... (More)
The use of corporate-based yoga and mindfulness interventions has increased during the past decades, however research on the effects of these programs is still limited. The primary purpose of this five-week controlled study was to measure the effects of the YOMIwork program, a group intervention bridging yoga and mindfulness with psychology, on perceived stress, mindfulness and productivity in relation to employee health in a group of social workers (n=24), compared to a control group assigned to a waitlist condition (n=22). The results showed that the intervention had a large effect on stress (the Perceived Stress Scale), as well as a moderate effect on productivity in relation to employee health (the Health and Work Questionnaire). The intervention had a moderate effect on mindfulness (the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale), as well as on the Health and Work Questionnaire subscales Productivity and Concentration/Focus, however only showing tendencies towards significance. No effect was found for the subscales Non-Work Satisfaction, Work Satisfaction or Impatience/Irritability when controlling for pre-measurement scores. The findings suggest that the YOMIwork intervention provides a cost-effective method for reducing perceived stress and enhancing productivity simultaneously. (Less)
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author
Lundahl, Sofia LU and Kristiansson, Emilia LU
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organization
course
PSPT02 20161
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H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
subject
keywords
yoga, mindfulness, stress, productivity, corporate-based intervention, organization, social worker
language
English
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For further information, contact the authors: yomiwork@gmail.com
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8877788
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2016-06-14 09:54:12
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2016-06-14 09:54:12
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  abstract     = {The use of corporate-based yoga and mindfulness interventions has increased during the past decades, however research on the effects of these programs is still limited. The primary purpose of this five-week controlled study was to measure the effects of the YOMIwork program, a group intervention bridging yoga and mindfulness with psychology, on perceived stress, mindfulness and productivity in relation to employee health in a group of social workers (n=24), compared to a control group assigned to a waitlist condition (n=22). The results showed that the intervention had a large effect on stress (the Perceived Stress Scale), as well as a moderate effect on productivity in relation to employee health (the Health and Work Questionnaire). The intervention had a moderate effect on mindfulness (the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale), as well as on the Health and Work Questionnaire subscales Productivity and Concentration/Focus, however only showing tendencies towards significance. No effect was found for the subscales Non-Work Satisfaction, Work Satisfaction or Impatience/Irritability when controlling for pre-measurement scores. The findings suggest that the YOMIwork intervention provides a cost-effective method for reducing perceived stress and enhancing productivity simultaneously.},
  author       = {Lundahl, Sofia and Kristiansson, Emilia},
  keyword      = {yoga,mindfulness,stress,productivity,corporate-based intervention,organization,social worker},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Namastay productive: A five-week quasi-experimental controlled pilot study on the effects of the yoga- and mindfulness-based intervention YOMIwork on employee stress and productivity},
  year         = {2016},
}