The importance of improving and maintaining employees’ psychological health is now widely recognized by occupational health researchers and practitioners, business leaders, human resource professionals, and policy makers alike. Indeed, a growing body of research has established that psychological well-being is one of the most important factors in job performance.
The Mindful and Effective Employee offers an evidence-based workplace training program based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The program is specifically designed to improve employees’ psychological health—as well as their effectiveness at work and in their personal lives—through a combination of mindfulness and values-guided behavioral skills. This book is designed for use by psychologists, coaches, occupational health practitioners, and human resource professionals who are interested in improving employee well-being, performance, and quality of life.The training program described in this book is designed to:
• Promote employee self-awareness
• Help employees find purpose, direction, and meaning
• Offer new ways to improve work and life effectiveness
• Help employees identify and pursue valued goals and actions
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About the Author
Paul E. Flaxman, PhD, is senior lecturer in psychology at City University London. He specializes in adapting acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help improve employees’ mental health and performance. Evaluations of Paul’s ACT interventions have been published in numerous scientific papers and books, and he has been invited to present his research at conferences around the globe. Paul recently directed two major projects focused on delivering ACT and other mindfulness-based interventions to public sector workers across the United Kingdom.
Frank W. Bond, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research and consulting work focus on the psychological and organizational processes that underpin peak performance and well-being in the workplace.
Fredrik Livheim, MS, is a licensed clinical psychologist at FORUM, a research center for psychosocial health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He has trained more than 400 professionals in how to use ACT in group format to improve employees’ mental health. His research focuses on the use of ACT in group format in the workplace.
Foreword writer Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is a founder of acceptance and commitment therapy and a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of thirty-four books and more than 470 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought lead to human suffering. Hayes has been president of several scientific societies and has received several national awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
Frank W. Bond, PhD, is professor of psychology and management at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also director of the Institute of Management Studies. He has published widely in the areas of ACT and organizational behavior, and the processes that underpin peak performance and well-being in the workplace. He is currently using this interdisciplinary research to help the European Space Agency’s manned mission to Mars in the next decade.
Fredrik Livheim, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the department of clinical neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He has trained more than 1,500 professionals in how to use acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in a group format to improve employees’ mental health. His research focuses on the use of ACT to reduce stress and help people thrive.
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author of forty-one books and more than 575 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and has developed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)—a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas.
Table of Contents
1 The Prevalence and Impact of Psychological Distress in the Workplace 4
2 What Is ACT? 14
3 The Rationale for Applying ACT in the Workplace 30
4 Practical Considerations and Program Overview 38
5 Training Session 1: Opening Presentation and Introduction to Mindfulness and Values-Based Action Skills 61
6 Training Session 2: Untangling from Internal Barriers to Values-Based Action 103
7 Training Session 3: Consolidating Mindfulness and Values-Based Action Skills 148
8 ACT Trainer Stance and Skills 173
9 Research Review 189
10 The Evolution of ACT in the Workplace: The Leading Edge and Beyond 203
Handout 1 Define Your Values 224
Handout 2 Values, Goals, and Actions Worksheet 230
Handout 2a Values, Goals, and Actions Worksheet (Work Example) 231
Handout 2b Values, Goals, and Actions Worksheet (Relationship Example) 232
Handout 3 Home Practice 233
Handout 4 Untangling from Thought Barriers to Values-Based Action 236
Handout 5 Values, Goals, and Actions Map 237
Handout 6 Home Practice 238
Handout 7 Assessing Value Consistency 241
Handout 8 Home Practice 246
Paul Flaxman and Frank Bond live in London, England in the UK. Fredrik Livheim lives in Stockholm, Sweden.