Mindfulness meditation for workplace wellness: An evidence map

Work. 2019;63(2):205-218. doi: 10.3233/WOR-192922.


Background: Mindfulness interventions aim to foster greater attention and awareness of present moment experiences. Uptake of mindfulness programs in the workplace has grown as organizations look to support employee health, wellbeing, and performance.

Objective: In support of evidence-based decision making in workplace contexts, we created an evidence map summarizing physical and mental health, cognitive, affective, and interpersonal outcomes from systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of mindfulness interventions.

Methods: We searched nine electronic databases to July 2017, dually-screened all reviews, and consulted topic experts to identify systematic reviews on mindfulness interventions. The distribution of evidence is presented as an evidence map in a bubble plot.

Results: In total, 175 systematic reviews met inclusion criteria. Reviews included a variety of mindfulness-based interventions. The largest review included 109 randomized controlled trials. The majority of these addressed general health, psychological conditions, chronic illness, pain, and substance use. Twenty-six systematic reviews assessed studies conducted in workplace settings and with healthcare professionals, educators, and caregivers. The evidence map shows the prevalence of research by the primary area of focus. An outline of promising applications of mindfulness interventions is included.

Conclusions: The evidence map provides an overview of existing mindfulness research. It shows the body of available evidence to inform policy and organizational decision-making supporting employee wellbeing in work contexts.

Keywords: Systematic review; complementary and integrative health; organizational behavior.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Personnel / psychology
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Health Promotion / standards
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Meditation / methods*
  • Meditation / psychology
  • Mindfulness / methods*
  • Mindfulness / trends
  • Workplace / psychology