How to Implement Mindfulness at Work?

by | May 30, 2023 | 0 comments

How to implement mindfulness at work? 

Mindfulness at work is a popular trend that businesses and global associations are paying serious attention to. Indeed, workplace mindfulness has become a powerful tool for businesses looking to tap into its well-documented advantages. Mindfulness at the office has been known to reduce stress levels, instances of absenteeism, increase productivity, encourage creativity and it generally helps to shape and develop better leaders. 

According to proponents of mindfulness, various types of mindfulness training can help organizations to reduce employee stress and enhance well beings across a section of the organization. Considering the benefits abound, it is understandable and justified that more and more companies are now offering their employees an array of mindfulness options at the office.

When trying to implement mindfulness at the office, here are several tips that can get you started:

Set a clear vision for your mindfulness program

It all starts with making sure that the environment is conducive and comfortable such that employees are happy, healthy and productive at all levels. It is important to emphasize to all the staff members how the mindfulness program will fit into the company wellness strategy so that the overall culture of the organization is understood clearly and accepted by all.

Take a committed approach

It is not enough to just bring a wellness expert in twice a year to talk to your staff members about mindfulness. If an organization is truly concerned for the committed to ensuring that the program is implemented successfully. This implies introducing techniques that will have a lasting impact on the team and the organization at large.

Determine what your organizational culture is

An organizational culture that is centered on wellness and employee health scrutinizes how the organization conducts its business at every level. Organizational cultures that support health, work-life balance and mindfulness are more likely to experience success with their mindfulness training. Having a CEO or manager that encourages mindfulness certainly helps the project to experience more success. 

Use technology

Workplace mindfulness is coming of age in extraordinary and contemporary ways. Digital technologies aimed at enhancing mindfulness at work have shown great promise in the past. However, such technologies should only be leveraged in a flexible and independent manner. 

Meditation apps such as Headspace or video conferencing training can teach and share the benefits of mindfulness, as well as offer guidance to employers on the best techniques to utilize to achieve it. Ideally, the purpose of any mindfulness program that utilizes technology should be to teach employees when to plug or unplug.

Make time for mindfulness

Any business can be committed to mindfulness, but if the employees are not allowed to make time for it, the organization will fail to reap the results. It is important to make time for mindfulness training in the schedule that can encourage employees to develop a mindfulness routine. 

Look for support

Many businesses and organizations opt to outsource their mindfulness training to experts in the field. Courses and training sessions that allow the employees to interact with the instructors have proven to experienced success in numerous instances. The organizations themselves, on the other hand, must ensure that they show support for their employees especially as a means of encouraging those that are reluctant about taking part.

My Challenge:  Be the change in your own life and model the way for others in your workplace to create safe and healing spaces to grow, learn, create and be your best!  

Bonnie Kowaliuk is an eclectic mindfulness coach and transformational leadership consultant with background designations as a registered social worker, accredited music therapist and workplace leadership consultant with an MBA in leadership.