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With studies demonstrating mind-wandering to be associated with failure to perform monitoring procedural steps, a deficiency in being able to call information to mind, more false alarms, and a reduction in task performance, we cannot afford to continue to overlook the potential impact mind-wandering has on human behavior in high-risk environments within the Alberta oil and gas industry. This paper gives consideration to mindfulness-based interventions, a domain of positive psychology, for reducing the occurrence of mind-wandering and improving attention to a task. It is from a foundation of research explored in the literature reviews of mind-wandering and mindfulness, that I invite the oil and gas industry to incorporate the supplemental element of, what I am terming, Mindfulness-Based Safety, into their Health & Safety Management Systems. In support of this, I provide a suggested plan for creating awareness and implementing mindfulness into operations to reduce mind-wandering and therefore increase the amount of time employees spend with their minds on task.
Mindfulness, attention, safety, situational awareness, performance, hazard
Well-Being/Flourishing, Business/Work, Health/Wellness,
Literature Review, Business Plan
Cognition and Perception Commons, Cognitive Psychology Commons, Ergonomics Commons, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Commons, Industrial Engineering Commons, Other Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering Commons, Other Psychology Commons, Other Social and Behavioral Sciences Commons, Performance Management Commons, Social Psychology and Interaction Commons, Training and Development Commons, Work, Economy and Organizations Commons
Date Posted: 21 November 2016