Have you ever considered work and mindfulness? Self-improvement and personal growth are becoming ever popular and mindfulness at work is a huge aspect. The stresses of daily life can often cause people to seek out mindfulness techniques with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety and even effects of depression. So, what is mindfulness?
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” Mindfulness techniques mostly involve forms of meditation that focus on breathing. Meditation can be remarkably easy to do. The simplest and easiest form of meditation involves sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, breathing naturally and focusing your attention on your breath. The effects of performing this for a few minutes every day can be fantastic for your mental wellbeing.
What can it do?
Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms while increasing focus, self-awareness, enthusiasm and even empathy. There’s a whole host of benefits to mindfulness. The reduction of stress in itself is likely to have a huge knock-on effect in terms of the benefits that can be gained from it.
Why you should consider work and mindfulness
A good manager needs to be able to prioritise and make good, well-informed decisions. Mindfulness can help an individual improve their focus and concentration, thus helping them with their decision making. The benefits of this are also seen when a situation requires quick thinking, as the individual can analyse the situation and make the best decision with a clear mind.
A good manager also needs to have a positive attitude. Exerting this on employees is important when trying to create a culture that will improve performance and morale of employees. It’s important for the manager to set an example in this regard. The reduction of stress and other symptoms associated with mental health problems can only serve to help managers in creating a positive attitude within their team.
An important thing for managers to consider is how turnover is affected by stress and how work and mindfulness can help. Often employees blame their stress on their job and thus look to change it. In helping employees reduce stress they are much more likely to be able to distinguish whether it is their job causing stress or something else.
How can it benefit employees?
We’ve mentioned before in previous articles that employees dealing with stress are much more likely to underperform. The poor decision making and lack of focus that this brings not only affects managers but employees too. Therefore, many of the benefits of mindfulness gained by managers will also benefit employees. Improved focus, concentration and a more positive attitude will help employees perform better. Employees will also see the benefits of better management from more mindful managers.
How employers can help improve mindfulness at work
There are a few steps that employers can take to improve mindfulness at work. The first could be to educate employees on what mindfulness actually is. This can be done through putting up posters around the workplace, setting up a workshop, or even integrating it into the induction process for new employees.
Another step could be to introduce yoga or meditation classes for employees. This could be done through either setting up and conducting classes as a company or informing employees of where they could take classes.
It’s also important that employers allow employees time to focus on their work and mindfulness. This could even be used to help motivate employees to take it up. Allowing employees an extra 10-15 minutes break in the day to take time out and de-stress can go a long way.
Employers can also introduce employee benefits to help educate employees about mindfulness or for discounts on classes. An employee benefits platform could host educational information, offers and even discounts for gym memberships.
Mindfulness can transform your workplace
Introducing a culture of work and mindfulness could help improve company performance significantly. It could also make the company a more attractive place to work, opening it up to more talented prospective employees. The company’s approach to mindfulness could also be pushed through social media, enhancing the company’s reputation. Mindfulness therefore, can have a transformative approach for virtually any company.
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