Mindfulness and Work
Mindfulness refers to various traits, practices and processes that share a common emphasis on the ability to be in the present moment through nonjudgmental attention and awareness. It involves the ability to pay attention to both internal (cognitions, bodily sensations) and external (environmental features, social interactions) stimuli and doing so in a way that does not evoke judgement or evaluation. Our lab is involved in several studies examining mindfulness. This includes examining how mindfulness may enhance mentoring and other close relationships, a brief mindfulness-based intervention to reduce workaholism, how mindful parenting may relate to work-family outcomes, and exploring the intersection between mindfulness and acts of social support and altruism.
Mentoring & Relationships at Work
The ECHO Lab is also interested in organizational mentoring. Dr. Eby’s research in this area has focused on both formal and informal mentoring, as well as the positive and potentially negative aspects of mentoring. An upcoming series of studies will examine how mentoring experiences relate to physiological indicators of health for both mentors and protégés using both laboratory and field-based methods. We will also be exploring how mentor and protégé mindfulness may enhance mentoring experiences for both individuals, and how the practice of mindfulness may improve relational functioning. Other on-going or planned projects focus on mentoring episodes and affective responses, relational turning points in mentoring, and how to most effectively match mentors and mentees.
Over the past decade our lab has been studying topics such as workplace stress and burnout at work. Much of this work takes a relational focus by examining how interpersonal relationships can be a source of both stress and support in the workplace. Recently we have been studying how occupational risk and stressors unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, including how workers are dealing with radical changes to the nature of work.
Work and Nonwork Life
The ECHO lab is also working on research related to how people manage and balance responsibilities inside and outside of work. This includes testing interventions to enhance work-family balance and research on caregiving relationships.
Societally Relevant Research
We are also conducting research and applied projects focusing on how our research can have societal benefits for the "greater good". This work builds on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and focuses on how to make our research more policy-relevant at the local, state, and national level. Dr. Eby's work at the Journal of Applied Psychology also includes numerous initiatives aimed at translating science to practice in an effort to improve the uptake of our research for the health, prosperity and well-being of employees.
Open Science Practices
The ECHO lab is also interested in understanding the uptake of open science practices (e.g., pre-registration, data sharing, code sharing) within our scientific community. Current projects include frequent presentations on open science practices, reviewer boot camps at national conferences, and an open science boot camp for I-O scholars. We are also working on a survey of scientific opinion related to open science practices in I-O Psychology. The Journal of Applied Psychology also encourages transparency and openness among authors.