Benefits of Mindfulness at the Workplace
Many Fortune 500 organizations are investing in mindfulness programs for their employees, due to many scientifically proven benefits that mindfulness techniques bring to their employees and their companies.
This includes companies such as Google, Apple, Nike, and many others consistently investing in corporate wellness and incorporating mindfulness into their workforce health strategies.
Mindfulness is an essential skill that help employees to work effectively with others, it reduces stress, improves focus & concentration, increases productivity. And most importantly It improves mental health of the employees.
With Mindfulness we can train the brain to be more focused, efficient, and better at managing stress, which is especially valuable in the workplace, where mental strain can escalate.
Mindfulness is the core of Social Emotional Learning. Mindfulness practices help with emotional regulation, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and decision-making.
When we teach mindfulness techniques in the workplace, employees learn how to reduce stress, sharpen their minds, better manage their emotions, and be more present and productive.
It helps us to become self-aware, socially aware, we learn how to make better decisions, self-regulate ourselves and emphasize in our relationships.
Mindfulness can help employees be fully present and truly focused on work. This is the very essence of employee engagement. Highly engaged workers are happier, healthier, and more loyal than their unengaged counterparts, and when employee engagement increases, so do company profits.
Bringing Mindfulness program to workplace help your employees to become self-aware, understand themselves better, manage their emotions, and learn how to respond calmly to any situations when arise at work, instead of reacting mindlessly.
Concerning individual stress and strain levels, several studies have concluded that by fostering a psychological state of awareness in the present moment, mindfulness practices are a promising tool to help employees to cope with stressful events. When they finish a few weeks course in Mindfulness practices and techniques, they learn how to stay calm under pressure, be more productive, balance and at peace with themselves and others.
Mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness of present moment experience.
Here are some benefits that companies reap when they invest in a mental fitness program:
- Improves employee health, leading to fewer sick leaves, and reduced healthcare costs.
- Increases focus, productivity, and clarity of thought.
- Improves employee morale and psychological well-being in the workplace, leading to higher engagement and job satisfaction.
- Improves emotional intelligence and communication skills, which leads to greater office harmony and team focus.
- Reduces staff turnover
Mindfulness program explores and teaches the life skills everyone needs to learn, to work or study effectively, compassionately & enthusiastically with self-awareness and self-confidence.
Employers of any size can create a plan based on an assessment of employee needs, and then structure their programs to fit available resources, they can get the help of a mindfulness coach to implement a group training for their employees via Zoom or in-person. After they finish the mindfulness course, they will learn how to incorporate regular daily mindfulness practices into their life individually and how to create some practical ways to bring mindfulness to their workplace.
For example, every time I finish the mindfulness course with my group, I give them the centering practice recommendation document and advise them to use these short practices during the day.
Here are some effective centering methods that can be used at workplaces or with every individual to bring attention back to the present moment.
- Take three deep breaths at your anchor, relax, and let go
- Concentrate on breathing, such as breathing in for a count of 4 and out for the count of 4 for a few moments and relax your body and mind.
- Practice grounding: bring you attention to your body, feel the relaxing effects of gravity, feel that downward force in the body and let your body gets heavy. Feel the points that are touching the ground, letting them take the weight of the body. Let any tension in your body drain down and out.
- Go for a walk; get out into a different environment
Persistence is an important aspect of centering practice. Purposefully centering yourself many times throughout the day will help to deepen your practice.
30 years of data has proven that regular mindfulness practice is linked to improved attentional ability and emotional self-regulation, fundamental life skills that are critical to working effectively with others. Such skills are also building blocks for success in many areas of one’s social, emotional, and academic lives.
To understand why mindfulness is effective in a wide range of domains, a useful concept is meta-cognition. By paying attention to one’s present-moment experience of mind and body, mindfulness practitioners learn to become aware of thoughts as thoughts and emotions as emotions, they take these as mental events to be perceived, rather than ‘the truth’ of the situation. Psychologists refer to this capacity as meta-cognition. Cultivating it can have profound implications because by noticing patterns of automatic thoughts, emotions, and behavior, individuals cultivate the ability to step out of those habitual patterns and become aware of what they do at the moment, and live at ease.
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