How Can Employers Promote Mindfulness In The Workplace?
Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't).
– James Baraz
Mindfulness is a synonym for awareness. It is in accepting and understanding one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations and not being judgemental.
The concept of mindfulness transcended over time. And now has emerged as a great tool to bring awareness, stay calm and be productive in our personal and professional lives.
We sometimes feel tangled up between personal and professional life. We have emails to reply to, meeting deadlines, and attending meetings. And while doing all these, we are continuously bombarded with social media notifications, calls, and texts which we can't ignore.
Therefore, infusing mindfulness into life and the workplace have become vital.
A Mindfulness Workplace
The modern organization now are quite flexible with their work culture and encourage mindfulness to tackle mental health issues and stress at work. They understand the importance of mindfulness in the workplace and how it can bring solace, peace, and clarity to help employees function better.
It is also worth mentioning that many organizations have now started incorporating the concept of mindfulness in their corporate wellness program as well. This helps employees maintain a perfect balancing work-life.
According to a study, workplace mindfulness intervention is associated with improved psychological wellness and productivity. It can increase productivity, reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Companies implementing mindfulness programs also report an average of 22% decrease in healthcare costs. Additionally, it can improve decision-making, creativity, focus, and concentration, increasing employee performance.
A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2021 stated that mindfulness interventions in the workplace were associated with reduced burnout and increased job satisfaction among healthcare workers.
Steps Employers Can Take To Encourage Mindfulness In The Workplace
1. Start A Conversation:
The first thing employers or management can do is start a conversation. Build a culture that believes in transparency and is open about anything that needs immediate attention.
Talk to your employees, and ask them if they mentally and emotionally enjoy their work or if anything needs to be taken care of. This would help build trust and break the awkwardness.
Many are unaware of their psychological imbalance, and even the ones who do either remain shy or fear the consequences. So employers can build a culture where health and wellness are given much priority, where mental health issues are discussed openly to spread awareness and overcome it.
2. Mindfulness Programs For Employees:
Initiate mindfulness programs for employees. You can design your programs according to your company culture. You can conduct sessions or workshops on mindfulness meditation,yoga and spirirual wellness activities weekly or bi-weekly.
Mindfulness programs like this give employees a new perspective to examine their issues and handle them with awareness. It gives them ease and balances their emotions and energies.
3. Give Them Time And Space:
Give your employees an environment where they can thrive. Give them time so that they can rejuvenate themselves. Workloads and expectations to fulfill their company's goals and objectives drain them.
Arrange meetings where employees can voice their opinions or their problems to balance their work-life.
You can also have a designated space for employees to rest, practice mindfulness and be aware of their present thoughts and emotions.
Here Are The Practices To Be More Mindful At Work
1. Have gratitude:
Our mind is affixed to negativity, which you can also call negativity bias. We are more focused and concerned about what can go wrong rather than being positive.
At the workplace, we often judge ourselves or blame and complain about the work undone. We create a very unhealthy loop and never really feel gratitude for what we have.
When you practice gratitude, it helps you focus and be grateful for all the good things you have and experience. This also helps you build resilience and focus on more important things now.
2. Be more humble:
Humility is in having confidence in yourself and being grounded. You would see many successful leaders are mindfuland more humble. They understand that the work they do or the ideas they bring has much more to do with others than themselves.
They are self-aware and do not take themselves seriously. They are humble and do not work to get the credits or the appreciation; they do it for a bigger purpose. This idea or belief keeps them sane and helps them solve critical problems easily.
When you are humble and understand your contribution or role in an organization, you automatically put your best foot forward and become more mindful of your actions.
In the workplace, you meet diverse mindsets. There are team members whom you may not agree with, or maybe you are disturbed by your manager's unrealistic expectations.
Everyone has their way of doing things, which often does not match others. When you accept what you can't change, you become more mindful and focus on things where you can contribute and also eliminate a lot of unnecessary distractions at work.
Also Read: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the Workplace
4. Take short exercises:
Mindfulness exercises like breathwork, stretching, journaling, or taking short breaks to rejuvenate yourself have an instant effect on mindfulness and be more present. Even a 7-minute of workout can work wonders.
Even if you have a hectic work schedule, you can easily take a short break and take these exercises to be more present and mindful of your
For a change, you must indulge in a self-care ritual, whether on a Sunday or any weekday. Self-care isn't only about pampering your skincare routine. It includes pampering your overall well-being.
Keep a day aside for yourself. Set some free time aside to practice some self-care activities and feel rejuvenated.
Listen to: Therapeutic Self-care to Practice Everyday by Adeola Mead
Workplace stress is not going to leave you sooner. The only way to fight stress is to be more present and mindful of making better decisions. This article aims to bring awareness to the topic and helps you practice workplace mindfulness.
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