Mindfulness at the workplace

Oliver Elmkvist Barington, Alan Bloc'h Eeg Justesen, Eva Maria Jeppesen Baum & Asta Lærke Birnø

Student thesis: Project on Graduate Program


Mindfulness has exploded in popularity, both as recreation as well as a valid method of therapy for prevalent mental conditions such as stress and anxiety. More and more practitioners has offered guides and courses in mindfulness to private companies and public institutions alike, which they have eagerly accepted.
This paper seeks to examine what underlying structures and societal trends, that may have caused this surge in popularity and which consequences, it may have for the individual in the workplace.
The paper finds, that the need for deceleration in times of constant acceleration, a societal demand for improvement of the self, along with the many (now well-documented) advantages mindfulness entails, is among the most obvious reasons, as to why mindfulness has become so widespread.
The paper further concludes upon these findings, that mindfulness has been instrumentalized, by the very same structures and societal trends, that mindfulness is supposed to remedy, which, amongst other things, leads to internalization of critique. This means that each employee takes responsibility for being stressed, rather than blaming external causes, such as an increase in workload.

EducationsPsychology, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
Publication date21 May 2019
SupervisorsMichelle Sabrine Steinmüller