2023 87 SBE

Association between Mindfulness, Workplace Spirituality and Employee Burnout

By: Shilpa Prabhakar

Department: Psychology

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ryan Howell

Job Burnout has become a prevalent occupational phenomenon in the past few years. Research has found that burnout leads to depression, reduced work engagement and productivity. Major cause of burnout is imbalance between job demands and job resources. People are more susceptible to burnout when job demands exceed available job resources. In order to overcome burnout changes are needed not only at an individual level but also at an organizational level. An extensive body of research has suggested that mindfulness plays an instrumental role in dealing with stress. However, mindfulness alone cannot be attributed to overcoming job burnout, the workplace environment plays an equally crucial role. At an organization level, workplace spirituality has shown a significant correlation with job burnout. Organization/company is considered high on workplace spirituality when employees experience a sense of value alignment, connectedness with community and meaning and purpose in one’s work. Hence, this study explores the role of workplace spirituality and mindfulness in alleviating job burnout, to create and maintain a healthy organization. For the purpose of this study, a survey will be designed using the quantitative measures of mindfulness, workplace spirituality and burnout along with demographic details. Data will be collected from participants on cloudresearch and prolific. The study will be carried out in 2 phases. In the first phase, participants will be recruited through a short survey to determine their eligibility for the study. In order to be eligible for the study participants should be 18 years or above; and employed meaning working at least 30 hours per week and/or 130 hours per month. After participants are selected, a link to the main survey is sent. Once data is collected statistical analysis will be done to test the hypothesis.