For the past few weeks I’ve been presenting corporate mindfulness events on Zoom or similar platforms. These have included a mindfulness presentation for a state agency, a workshop for students on a post-graduate university business course and a shorter presentation, recorded and to be provided as a resource, to clients of a HR agency. One public body is making my 15-lesson online course Working Well Mindfully available to staff.
The questions people ask and the reasons they give for doing these courses are the same as for non-corporate courses, in other words courses for the general public.They want to reduce stress and anxiety, enjoy greater calm and positivity and free themselves from repetitive painful thinking (going over old resentments and regrets and exaggerated pessimistic thoughts of the future). They also want to be less distracted in their work, to maintain a good balance between work and home and to drop excessive thinking about work.
What this brings home to me is that people in ‘work mode’ are the same human beings inside work and at home. Workplace programmes that enhance wellbeing are valuable in a holistic way – they improve quality of life in general and not only from nine to five.
Workplace mindfulness programmes have been shown to reduce stress and burnout. These two afflictions, (stress is an affliction when you have too much of it too much of the time) get in the way of efficient working – try making a calm choice when you’re stressed out – and also take much of the good out of life after hours.
Workplace mindfulness can address these issue for those who take part. And I would argue that even those who don’t take part benefit from the greater calm of their colleagues.
Sounds like a win-win to me.
Image by Andrej Lišakov
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