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In recent years there’s been a big increase in the use of mindfulness training in the workplace. This has been driven by the increasing scientific research into mindfulness meditation that has confirmed the positive effects produced by mindfulness training.
What is Mindfulness Training?
A common definition of mindfulness meditation is “moment to moment non-judgmental awareness”. It’s a powerful relaxation technique.
During mindfulness training participants are taught how to bring awareness to the present moment by focusing on the breath, listening attentively and observing thoughts and emotions. When applying these mindfulness techniques throughout the day, participants experience a feeling of well-being and calm.
Is mindfulness training different to meditation training?
There are many different forms of meditation and mindfulness is just one of them. Other types of meditation techniques include: mantra, transcendental, loving meta, etc.
Mantra meditation, for example, seeks to remove all thought from your mind by replacing it with a constantly repeated mantra. Loving meta is designed to focus your thought on the feeling of love and generating more love. With these types of meditation it’s difficult to do anything else while you’re meditating. With mindfulness meditation the idea is not to remove or replace all thought, but rather to focus your awareness on that which is happening in the present moment. Therefore, mindfulness meditation is ideally suited to the workplace.
A practical example of this is: if someone said something that annoyed you, don’t spend the next 2 hours churning it over in your mind. Instead, accept that it annoyed you and then return your focus to what’s happening in this moment.
How can your Organisation Benefit from Mindfulness Programs?
Practicing mindfulness at work has proven to have benefits for both employees and employers.
Corporate mindfulness programs produce the following benefits:
- Less stress-related illnesses reduce the costs of employee absenteeism
- Employees are able to concentrate and focus better on their tasks and therefore workplace productivity increases
- Relationships between colleagues improve as well as relationships between employees and clients
Mindfulness reduces absenteeism
Implementing a corporate mindfulness program will reduce the number of stress-related illness and therefore reduce costs due to absenteeism.
“Meditation programs, in particular mindfulness programs, reduce multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress”
“Mindfulness meditation programs improved multiple dimensions of negative affect, including anxiety, depression, and perceived stress/general distress … the effects were significant for anxiety and marginally significant for depression at the end of treatment, and these effects continued to be significant at 3-6 months for both anxiety and depression”
During the mindfulness meditation training the participant learns how to simply observe stressful thoughts, calmly accept them and then let them go and return to focusing on what is happening in the moment instead of continuing to focus on the stressful thoughts. One of the underlying principles of mindfulness training is that stressful thoughts and feelings lose their power if we stop feeding them attention.
Mindfulness training produces focused employees
Mindfulness training teaches employees how to achieve mental clarity which helps to improve concentration and focus. When an employee’s mind is occupied with repetitive, nagging thoughts, it’s very difficult to focus on the work they’re supposed to be doing. Mindfulness techniques help employees clear these repetitive thoughts and focus on the work.
Mental clarity also increases the participant’s creative abilities. An open mind is much better at problem solving than a closed and cluttered mind.
Mindfulness training improves relationships
Workplace mindfulness training programs can help improve relationships between employees and also with your customers. Imagine what it would be like to deal with people who are more calm and peaceful after their mindfulness meditation classes! People who practise mindfulness in daily life not only develop more self-acceptance but also more empathy and compassion for others.
The benefits of mindfulness training will also flow into employees’ home lives, which means they’ll have fewer personal problems to bring into the workplace.
Flexible delivery options
We can tailor a training program to suit your requirements. We can deliver:
- A one-off practical workshop
- A series of relaxation and mindfulness classes that will give staff the knowledge and tools for long-term benefits.
Mindfulness training in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities
We have meditation experts available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and in most other cities throughout Australia. If you’re not in a capital city then we can still deliver a corporate mindfulness training program using one of our facilitators based in the nearest regional centre.