Workplace mindfulness in accounting practice: issues, opportunities, and challenges

Yu Tzu Chang, Dan N. Stone

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Abstract

Research suggests that individual, secular mindfulness can improve work outcomes, including reducing stress and increasing attention, wellness, and job performance. This paper discusses the construct and efficacy of mindfulness and explores opportunities for and challenges to integrating workplace mindfulness in professional accounting. Evidence from websites suggests that most large accounting firms promote workplace mindfulness to their clients and that some (e.g., EY and PWC) promote its practice among their accounting professionals. While a review of literature indicates support for some claimed benefits, workplace mindfulness is no panacea. Challenges to workplace mindfulness include the unwillingness of some accounting professionals to practice mindfulness and that some claimed benefits, e.g., improved leadership and teamwork, are not well-supported by research. The paper concludes by proposing a set of workplace mindfulness issues and practice opportunities and discussing impediments to and the limits of mindfulness in professional accounting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-185
Number of pages19
JournalAccounting Horizons
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Sincere thanks to the Von Allmen School of Accountancy, Gatton College of Business, and University of Kentucky for supporting this research. Thanks also to workshop participants at Miami University (Ohio) for comments on an earlier draft, to Chris Pearson (University of Kentucky) for assistance with the harvested website data, and Alicia Irwin (University of Kentucky) for editing assistance.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, American Accounting Association. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Accounting profession
  • Attention
  • Auditing
  • Judgment
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress
  • Workplace mindfulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting

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