The benefits of reducing employee stress are innumerable, as relaxed employees have a lower rate of absenteeism, higher rate of productivity, and enhanced resilience to workplace challenges. Reducing stress in the workplace is no longer only a matter of company culture-in today's economic climate, it is a priority that effective businesses cannot afford to neglect. The Mindful and Effective Employee presents a complete program based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that employee trainers, human resource managers, life coaches, group therapists, occupational health professionals, and organizational development practitioners can use to enhance employee productivity and performance. In three group sessions, trainers can deliver ACT psychological and behavioral skills that will make lasting changes in employee resilience and productivity. This program is created by the world's leading experts on ACT training in workplace settings.
"Even though work is often defined as a necessary evil, having a job tops the list of what makes people happy in life. Work is a great source of both stress and joy. We spend more time working than doing 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 ways 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-by-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
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. Flaxman has led two major projects focused on delivering ACT and other mindfulness-based interventions in public sector programs across the United Kingdom.Frank W. Bond, PhD, is senior lecturer in the department of psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research and practice focus on occupational health psychology and how cognitive behavior therapies can improve workers' psychological health and productivity. He also maintains a private practice in cognitive behavior therapy.Fredrik Livheim, MS, is a licensed clinical psychologist at FORUM, a research center for psychosocial health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.