oppOPP is a leading firm of business psychologists that specialises in personality assessment, enabling people and organisations around the world to increase their effectiveness through the innovative application of psychological tools and techniques.

The company’s market-leading psychometric tools include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the 16PF® assessment, and provide high-impact results for selection and personal development, such as teambuilding, leadership development, communication and conflict resolution.

The 16PF (16 Personality Factors) instrument is a robust, reliable and valid personality questionnaire. Helen Rayner, a consultant at OPP comments “There is extensive research to show the efficacy of mindfulness within clinical settings. The Mindfulness Exchange agreed to facilitate a course based on the principles of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in order to help build on and contribute to the growing body of evidence surrounding mindfulness in the workplace.”

For her MSc dissertation in Occupational Psychology, Helen Rayner sought to investigate the effects of mindfulness on personality. The Mindfulness Exchange was commissioned to run an 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme within OPP. Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman was used as the foundation for the course.

From the outset, Mark Leonard of the Mindfulness Exchange sought to understand OPP’s needs. “Mark Leonard spent time talking over how the course was going to be delivered and how it could be tailored to the participants,” explains Helen. “When the course was delivered, there was a buzz of excitement around the business about bringing mindfulness into the organisation.”

OPP employees volunteered to participate in the study and completed psychometric assessments such as the Perceived Stress Scale and the 16PF before and after delivery of The Mindfulness Exchange’s course. The results of the study show that mindfulness has an effect on personality and perceived stress levels. The full results are embargoed until publication.

Since completion of the course, many of the participants are still using the skills and techniques they learnt on the course. Helen comments, “The skill and expertise The Mindfulness Exchange brought to OPP has ensured the positive benefits of mindfulness have remained.”