in the workplace
You’ve probably heard about mindfulness or compassion in the workplace but you may be surprised to learn just how many businesses associate positive outcomes, to the mindfulness discipline being implemented at businesses all over the world.
From innovative technology enterprises like Google and Apple, to NFL teams like the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, to NBA Coach Phil Jackson and NBA teams like the New York Knicks. All of them recognize that incorporating mindfulness training is a key element that contributes to their success and organizational culture.
Even successful CEO’s like Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post and Mark Bertolini of Aetna utilized mindfulness to overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges, and have since brought mindfulness to their employees; increasing job-satisfaction and profitability for all.
How do we exercise our conscious attention?
By focusing on our breathing, body, sounds through formal mindfulness meditations, but also informal exercises that can be practised through almost all daily activities, e.g. eating, walking, showering…
Many of these activities we perform mechanically, e.g. while we eat we look at the phone completely unaware of how we eat, chew, what the food tastes and smells like, we are rarely really present in different experiences.
So the way we practice Mindfulness is continuous and comprehensive, not only through formal meditation exercises but also through various “simple” activities in which we can practice our conscious attention and presence. Over time, Mindfulness becomes a way of living.
Pillars of Mindfulness
Attention and Concentration
Through the exercises of conscious attention and perception, Mindfulness improves attention, concentration and memory.
Through Mindfulness practise we learn to recognise and accept our emotions – pleasant and unpleasant.
By dealing with our impulsive reactions, unpleasant thoughts and feelings, we learn to react more calmly to various challenging situations.
Compassion and self-care
In Mindfulness practice, it is very important to practice self-compassion, gratitude and empathy in relationships with others.
Where to start?
We understand that you have uncertainties and questions about how to implement Mindfulness-based approaches in your workplace. This is why we offer a free video consultation with one of our founders André van Kempen.