MINDFULNESS: THE DISCIPLINE OF BEING FULLY PRESENT
Mindfulness programs provided by Peak/Work+Brain personnel, are simple and effective, encourage a scientifically, evidenced based and sustainable solution to employee health and well-being, increase resiliency, minimize burn-out and reduce turnover related to modern workplace stress. Mindfulness has also been shown to positively build emotionally intelligent resources within individuals, providing a strong foundation for a more adaptable, creative, productive, profitable and healthy workplace culture.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves focusing completely on what’s going on inside you and outside you — being an observer without getting wrapped up in what you’re observing. A helpful website to learn about mindfulness is provided by the National Health Service of the UK. The creators of this site suggest that watching your thoughts come and go without getting wrapped up by them is like standing at a bus stop watching the buses come and go without getting on one. You can observe your thoughts or worries come up without getting consumed by them and distracted from the world around you.
In recent years, mindfulness has become increasingly popular, and with very good reason ; there is a growing body of research indicating that mindfulness provides many physical, psychological, and even performance-enhancing benefits. In fact, the benefits have been so dramatic that many organizations have started offering mindfulness programs to their employees.
The ROI of mindfulness
Leadership & Performance
More effective leadership
Enhanced powers of concentration
More skillful decision making
Improved relationships & teamwork
Higher levels of effectiveness & productivity
More sustained performance
Increased mental acuity & sharpened focus
Higher levels of employee engagement
Lower levels of employee turnover & absenteeism
Increased attitude of positivity
Improved business flow
Enhanced resilience during change or difficulty
Improved ability to handle conflict calmly
Increased sense of perspective
Greater awareness of personal stress & anxiety
Strategies to prevent stress & anxiety
Decreased levels of burn-out
More emotional regulation
Reduced reactivity (eliminate short fuses!)
Increased choice to respond (not just react)
Health & Well-being
Improved health and wellbeing
Better sleep patterns
Reduced blood pressure
Greater energy and positivity
Better pain management
Better work/life balance
More mental space for big ideas
93% of leaders’ surveyed said mindfulness training helped them create space for innovation, 89% reported the training enhanced their ability to listen to themselves and others and 70% said it helped them think strategically.
Mindful employees =
Mindful or Mindlessness?
Have you ever left for a destination and arrived, only to realize you remembered absolutely nothing about the trip? Or have you ever had to re-read a chapter of a book because you couldn’t remember what you just read?
Most of us can relate.
These are common examples of ‘mindlessness,’ the exact opposite of our goal. It is a state we often refer to as being ‘miles away’ or ‘autopilot.’ In our “always on” digital age our brains are bombarded with constant information and disruption, and as a result many of us are greatly detached and feeling overwhelmed , stressed or exhausted.
Fortunately, there is a scientifically-supported way to manage information overload and remain more focused– especially during the most critical phases of the job search, and our employment. - from Mindfulness, Mindset, Moxie and Mojo by Michael R. Frazier