About the book

Improve Employee Well-Being & Effectiveness
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

Comments about the book from experts in the field
“This book presents a simple, practical, and incredibly useful program to create exactly what the title offers: effective, mindful employees. It’s a must-have in the armamentarium of any psychologist or HR professional who wants to help people increase their satisfaction, improve their performance, create better relationships, or enhance well-being in the workplace.”
Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

“This book is a remarkable step forward for accelerating productivity in the workplace while caring for the well-being and vitality of employees. When companies blend the proven ideas of mindfulness and value-directed actions into the work culture, the employees will blossom, the work teams will strengthen, and the organization will prosper. Research clearly suggests that applying the principles in this book will yield a solid return-on-investment. It is easy to envision leading-edge companies capitalizing on this training manual. These forward thinking companies will not only advance their bottom line, but will also benefit the people of the organization. The Mindful and Effective Employee training manual presents a solid how-to handbook for achieving the elusive win-win scenario of creating productive and healthy work environments.”
D.J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, senior vice president of Quality Safety Edge and founder of Pickslyde Consulting

“After reading The Mindful and Effective Employee I felt inspired, wiser and very well equipped to deal with both individual career coaching and brief but effective group exercises. This is a glistening gem of a book, and it provides the reader with a smart ‘how-to’ rationale for delivering cutting edge evidence-based workplace training. I want to start practicing what I learned right now!”
Walter Osika, MD, PhD, specialist in internal medicine and author of The Stressed Heart

“This book is a must for those wishing to make a significant contribution to workplace health and well-being. It is  built out of workplace experience and research, written by authors who are experts in their field,  offers techniques that are carefully crafted, known to work, and readily transferable into the workplace. More than just a valuable resource, this book gives support and confidence to those wanting to improve the quality of working lives.”
—Philip Dewe
, professor of organizational behavior, department of organizational psychology, Birkbeck, University of London

“Even though work is often defined as a necessary evil, having a job tops the list about what makes people happy in life. Work is a great source of both stress and joy. We spend more time at work that any other single activity in our lives. It stands to reason that psychotherapists help us to learn to react to the challenges of work in way that are healthy in the long run. The aim of this book is to demonstrate how ACT can be implemented in the workplace. The authors are internationally acclaimed experts in the field. The book is helpful for both the newcomer to ACT and the seasoned expert. It covers the theoretical aspects as well as practical session for session protocols and handouts. This book is the first of its kind, don’t miss it!”
—JoAnne Dahl, PhD
, professor in the department of psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden