Meet Dr. Karlyn Borysenko

Organizational Psychologist,

keynote speaker & Author

My Story

I started Zen Workplace in 2012 because I’m passionate about making work better. After earning an MBA and a PhD in Psychology (specializing in industrial/organizational psych), I set my sights on helping individuals and organizations to create more productive and fulfilling work experiences by combining organizational and positive psychology with mindfulness strategies.

Today I work with clients all over the world. When they follow my advice, they are able to measure increases in their employee engagement, team resilience, and in their productivity (up to 30%!) just by changing the way they work together.

If that’s what you’re looking for, get in touch. I live in the greater Boston area but travel all over. I’d love to come share my methods at your organization or with your event attendees. You can also find me writing about making work better as a contributor to Forbes or as the author of Zen Your Work: Create Your Ideal Work Experience Through Mindful Self-Mastery.


Karlyn is one of the smartest people out there on workplace culture, and she absolutely loves what she does. She is my go-to for issues I have with building better work experiences for myself and my teams.

– Dylan Wilbanks, Hêtre

Proven Success

The Numbers Don’t Lie

What performance metrics are the most important for your team? Now, imagine you could increase those numbers by 30% just by changing the way you work together. 

That’s the impact my clients have experienced. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it requires commitment. But with the right guidance, it is absolutely attainable.


What if your team was 30% more productive?

A few places I’ve been featured

A sample of the tools in my toolbox

Mindfulness Workshops & Programs

No meditation required! I’ll teach your team to mindfulness strategies to help them focus their efforts, build better working relationships, create better work and reduce toxic stress.

Manager Training Programs & Retreats

I help managers increase productivity on their teams as much as 30% by teaching them strategies and techniques grounded in organizational psychology and mindfulness principles.

Build a Resilient Team

Team resilience is the new employee engagement! I’ll measure your team’s current resilience, assess their strengths and challenges, and offer actionable strategies to move to the next level.

Coaching for Individuals and Organizations

Want personal attention to help you great a more fulfilling work experience, boost your confidence, take the next step in your career, or build better working relationship? I can help. 

Keynotes, Staff Development Talks, and Retreat/Workshop Facilitation

Looking for an inspiring speaker for your event, or a facilitator for your team retreat or workshop? I will customize a talk or experience to your specific needs and audience.

DISC Assessments and Training

We all bring a unique set of preferences and tendencies with us to work. I’ll assess you and your team’s DISC styles and show you how to use the information to work better and get more done.


Karlyn is an insightful and dedicated professional who acts with complete integrity, responsiveness, and overall client focus. Her insight and range of tools available have provided significant clarity on team dynamics, collaboration, and engagement to build a sustainable, high-performance team.

– Michelle Kretschmer, ANZ Bank

I teach people to zen their work.

Bring your organization a little more zen

I offer workshops and training programs based on Zen Your Work to organizations who value empowering their team to create a more engaging work experience. If you’re interested in learning more, let’s connect.

What people say about Zen Your Work:

“Zen Your Work provides tips and relevant exercises to help employees develop the necessary mindset to be happy at work, despite difficult people or circumstances.”

—Amy Cooper Hakim, coauthor of Working with Difficult People

“Zen Your Work will literally change your brain. It does a wonderful job of explaining how a powerful shift in your thinking can help you to create a work life that is truly rewarding. “

—Friederike Fabritius, neuropsychologist and coauthor of The Leading Brain

“I have long believed that left to their own devices, our minds create all of our struggles in the workplace. The amazing flip side to this is that our mindsets and expectations alone allow us to find joy and success at work, and that with the right tools we can even find that success and happiness are our natural states, once the drama is gone. Zen Your Work is a powerful collection of those tools that will teach you how to navigate the most pressing challenges you’ll face in the office with a fresh set of eyes.”

—Cy Wakeman, author of No Ego and Reality-Based Leadership

“Zen Your Work is a fantastic toolkit for anyone who wants to create the most meaningful work experience possible, regardless of their coworkers’ moods, organizational change, and other external circumstances. The book will help you understand your strengths and biases so that you can enjoy smoother, less stressful interactions and greater success.”

—Alice Boyes, PhD, author of The Healthy Mind Toolkit

“Zen Your Work is a wonderful book for coping with everyone at work, including high-conflict personalities. From how to start your day well, to the stories you tell yourself on-the-job, to building strategic relationships, Dr. Borysenko gives lots of tools and tips for finding and creating your ideal work situation. After reading this book, you’ll know how to thrive (not just survive) regardless of what everyone else does. Surprisingly simple, clear, and friendly.”

—Bill Eddy, author of 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life

Get In Touch

I don’t believe in cookie cutter strategies. That means that I work differently with every single client based on where their team is at and their most pressing needs.


To find out what that means for you, get in touch. We’ll schedule a quick call for you to bring me up to speed, and I’ll present you with some ideas. From there, we’ll craft your custom strategy.