Mindfulness. Everybody’s doing it and everyone is talking about it. But what is it? In its simplest form, mindfulness means awareness. Practicing mindfulness offers a way to pay attention to the present moment. Being aware of your surroundings, your feelings, and your physical self. Research suggests mindfulness works for individuals. But how does this translate to the workplace? Or is it a trendy feel-good program?
In the current working environment, employees are being asked to do more with less. Working long hours with heavy workloads. Work is an area where many experiences their greatest sense of development, but also their greatest level of stress. For high-performing individuals, it’s natural to want to do the best job possible. Though this may often lead to high-stress levels, anxiety, and conflict. Mindfulness can help deal with this, increasing resilience and emotional intelligence. All while improving communication in the workplace. If it is still something that’s seen as too fluffy or esoteric for your business, here are three benefits that you might like to consider.
Mindfulness and Resilience
Businesses are now concerned with the emotional wellbeing of employees due to a growing awareness of mental health in general. As well as the costs to a business of absenteeism, presenteeism and staff turnover caused by stress and anxiety. After all, good health is about more than the absence of the flu or a cough, it is everything physical and emotional. Mindfulness within organisations can support resilience in these matters. As it focuses on wellbeing and building inner strength. This helps employees to understand it and take part in its development. It enables them to recognise the signs of stress and respond instead of internalising or ignoring it. Overall, mindfulness reduces stress and boosts resilience. Ensuring that employees are happy and content coming to work.
Mindfulness and Relationships
How team members feel about their co-workers and managers can impact how a team accomplishes tasks and inevitably their success. If they feel connected to their colleagues, they’re likely the better for it. Mindfulness training makes people more likely to respond to others. And also to enjoy satisfying relationships with them. Employees in good relationships with colleagues tend to collaborate better, thus driving productivity. After all, positive relationships help create productive teams, affecting a company’s bottom line. Successful team member relationships often extend beyond the workplace too. Making them an all over happier and more productive team.
Mindfulness and Creativity
Creativity is not only for the invention of new products and services. It can be crucial to individual performance and problem-solving. As well as the development of more efficient processes for your business. How employees think is one of the most significant aspects of a company’s development. Research into problem-solving suggests that there is a direct relation between mindfulness and creativity. So it is possible to find a link between the impact of mindfulness on the brain and effective creative functioning.
Mindfulness has proved to help individuals in this. Resulting in an improved ability to focus, filter out mental processes and external distractions. It helps them generate ideas and think outside the box. This is because mindfulness reduces cognitive rigidity (our tendency to alter perceptions based on previous experience). Instead, it increases the capacity to respond in new and adaptive ways. Stressed mind shuts down possibilities and does not achieve full potential. So by a process of elimination, a mindful brain can achieve so much more.
So why not consider booking a course or one-off lunchtime workshop for your business. In the meantime, a simple mindfulness practice is a one-minute meditation. Find a quiet place and focus your attention on your breath. If your mind wanders (as it probably will), bring your concentration back to your breath. Then relax as the calm unfolds and you begin to feel more aware.