What is Workplace Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR

Mindfulness helps us to experience and live in the present moment – right now, while we’re living it. We practise cultivating an attitude of openness, curiosity and non-judgment, seeing people, things and experiences as they actually are, rather than through the lens of our expectations, preferences and judgments about them.

On the contrary, many of us find it very difficult to stay focussed on the present moment – our minds are often rehashing and rehearsing our lives, either ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. Research suggests that 47% of the time are minds are being distracted by something else!

Mindfulness can help us to bring all our mental energy and focus into the present moment – allowing us to get more done, to have more control, and to access greater wisdom, resourcefulness and choice. It also allows us to fully experience more of life’s wonders and joys!

What is Workplace Mindfulness?

Workplace Mindfulness offers tools and techniques that have been adapted to suit the organisational settings and reflect the needs of people at work. They are short practices, from as little as 2 minutes, that can be done sitting at a desk or in a chair, on your own or with others. These practices are secular and trauma sensitive so they can be fully inclusive of the whole workplace team. 

Workplace Mindfulness approaches can be offered through sessions for individuals, leaders and teams, or they can be integrated across the whole organisation via the workplace culture and existing people programmes.

What are the benefits of Workplace Mindfulness?

Organisations that have invested in workplace mindfulness have achieved results such as:

  • 30% reduction in stress
  • 14% reduction in burnout symptons
  • 21% increase in resilience
  • 20% increase in productivity 
  • 14% increase in focus
  • 6.5% increase in employee engagement

Scientific research and advances in neuroscience have outlined many physical, emotional, mental and behavioural benefits of mindfulness. Reported benefits experienced in the workplace include:

  • Reducing levels of stress and anxiety
  • Learning to respond intentionally rather than reacting emotionally to situations
  • Building resilience
  • Coping with challenging times and managing change more positively
  • Deepening focus, concentration and memory
  • Reducing absenteeism and staff turnover
  • Increasing productivity
  • Unleashing creativity
  • Improving communications
  • Building teams and enhancing relationships
  • Increasing empathy for others and reducing bias
  • Developing leadership skills