Bringing Mindfulness into the workplace can improve performance, productivity as well as working relationships.
Some very successful international companies are using Mindfulness to promote well being in their organisation.
The most well known is Google who has been offering Mindfulness to their staff since 2007. So far over 1,000 Google employees have participated in Mindfulness training, with evidence to prove it's positive impact.
In the UK mental health has become increasingly difficult to address.
In 2015/16 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health. - HSE 2016
Companies such as BT have introduced well being programs to help support their workers to deal with work place stress, anxiety and depression. In October 2016 the Mindfulness Initiative published its report recommending Mindfulness in the workplace be explored as a way to tackle many well being and mental health challenges.
Mindfulness is not just about mental health. Centrica Storage Ltd considered the argument that mindfulness should become a condition of employment. The premise is that accidents could be prevented by ensuring all staff are trained to be mindful at work. This would ensure they adhere to the safety procedures and take more personal responsibility.
Mindfulness indeed can change attitude and outlook, leading to increased self awareness and self reflection.
At the Mindfulness Approach we believe that Mindfulness is consists of two elements.
Meditation is what is most commonly associated with Mindfulness, this is what we call the formal practice of Mindfulness. Whilst meditation is an extremely beneficial and fundamental part of Mindfulness, this on it's own does not cause life changing behaviour.
Informal Mindfulness is about changing thought patterns, it's about adopting right behaviour and taking responsibility for your own actions. This is done by developing mindful awareness of self, your environment and those around you. The two elements when put into practice can transform how you experience life.
In the long run collective mindfulness in the workplace will impact the organisation far more than individual mindfulness.
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