Having just completed my research thesis on the topic of mindfulness at university, the overwhelming evidence of its importance in psychological health prompted me to write an article about its application in the workplace. Mindfulness practice can help you reduce stress, improve performance, manage pain and increase well-being. These are the reasons why elite athletes, performing artists and business leaders are taking up the practice, and why it is being introduced into the world's most successful companies.
So what is mindfulness? Research has shown that there are five distinct skills comprise mindfulness:
In his recent book “Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate,” David Michie describes his experiences in providing mindfulness meditation training programs to corporate organisations, and its positive outcomes in the helping alleviate the impact and cost of workplace stress. Michie outlines the following key areas where mindfulness practice has been proven to benefit organisations:
Mindfulness application does require a personal level of daily commitment. Employers can provide employees with the opportunity to put it into practice through mindfulness training programs, mindfulness resources, establishing meditation groups, well-being programs and by requiring managers to exemplify mindful leadership.
If you are interested in receiving further information about mindfulness programs for your workplace, please contact Brendan Turner, Managing Consultant, The Source. 03 9650 6665 or at firstname.lastname@example.org