Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs.
His conclusion – Beware those corporate mindfulness workshops unless your organization has a compelling purpose!
There are some serious issues with the research methodology used (meditation is not a one-and-done deal and the tasks they had them do in the lab were out of context, nevermind pointless), but I also don’t think the conclusion is entirely wrong.
What do you want people “motivated” to do for you? Why?
There IS a danger that your people will realize that their work for you is not helping either themselves OR a greater good.
- State mindfulness impaired motivation to complete cognitive and performance tasks.
- State mindfulness had no overall effect (good or bad) for performance on the same tasks.
- Weakened future focus and arousal serially mediated demotivating effect.
- Mindfulness enabled people to detach from stressors, which improved task focus.
- Detachment and task focus help explain why mindfulness does not alter performance.
My personal conclusions on these findings:
- Detaching from a future outcome is a good thing
- Detaching from surroundings that will distract you is a good thing
- Ability to focus on a task is a good thing
- Questioning why you are doing the task in the first place is a good thing