Mindfulness has gone mainstream with companies as diverse as Google, Aetna, General Mills, and Target all having built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers.
But what exactly IS Mindfulness and does it really enhance employee productivity and health? Why are companies like Salesforce and Genentech bringing me into the workplace to lead Mindfulness workshops? Read on to learn more about how Mindfulness is becoming a hot topic in the corporate office and three easy ways to start your own practice.
My corporate wellness client list is growing rapidly, with companies like Salesforce, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, and Genentech asking me to host Mindfulness and Meditation training for their employees. The work wellness trend is catching on and this investment of time towards employee health is paying off in the form of increased productivity, well being, lowered stress levels, and even reduced healthcare costs.
I am grateful to partner with leading companies in taking a proactive approach to the negative effects of work related stress. Mindfulness is going mainstream because IT WORKS and I truly believe that each corporate wellness initiative I work to create makes a powerful impact.
What exactly IS Mindfulness and how can you bring it into your office?
Mindfulness describes a moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. It’s a state of being attuned to what’s going on in your body and in the surrounding environment—being in the present moment without thinking about the future or what happened in the past. When you are mindful, you can have a greater consciousness in the present which is vital for any executive or manager, who, at any given moment, may be barraged with various problems that call for decisions under stress.
Mindfulness enhances emotional intelligence, notably self-awareness and the capacity to manage distressing emotions. It also delivers these measurable benefits:
One of the biggest benefits of Mindfulness that my corporate clients report is the ability to RESPOND instead of REACT throughout their day. This mindful working allows them to address urgent matters at hand with clarity and calm. Mindfulness is now becoming a leadership practice for more powerful work.
“Historically, companies have been reticent to offer mindfulness training because it was seen as something fluffy, esoteric and spiritual,” said Christopher Lyddy, an organizational behavior doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management. “But that’s changing”. Especially if you consider that mindfulness has penetrated both Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, it’s clear that even businesses with no reputation for so-called “new age” practices see mindfulness as a good investment! Ive been excited and impressed by the diverse businesses that have contacted me for workshops, companies are taking a proactive approach to health and it’s growing by the second.
I often advise my corporate clients to take action from two sides: the top down and the bottom up. When team leaders AND individuals come together to create space for mindfulness education and workshops, REAL actions can result for REAL progress. Hiring a corporate wellness consultant to help build Mindfulness programs or lead regular wellness workshops can help companies prioritize health for incredible results. Contact [email protected] for corporate services and offerings.
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I hope these three easy mindfulness exercises serve you in living life with a more powerfully present mindset. The mindfulness movement has proven that no matter what an employee’s role in the company, mindfulness can allow for a greater level of attention and engagement. An investment of time in the practice can pay dividends in the form of increased employee productivity, well being, reduced stress levels, and even reduced healthcare costs.
What is your experience with mindfulness? Either personal or inside your workplace? Let me know in the comments below.
Join the work wellness revolution and bring mindfulness to your team, contact [email protected] for Mindfulness workshops and offerings.
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