Organisations such as Google, Nike, and Apple implement mindfulness practices in their employee development. These practices help increase performance, productivity, job satisfaction, employee retention, and workplace safety, whilst decreasing stress, burnout, leave, and turnover. Employee and leadership mindfulness training programs reduce anxiety, emotional exhaustion, reactivity, and rumination. They also improve empathy, cohesion, co-worker relationships, concentration, cognition, and work-life balance.
There are three core areas where implementing Mindfulness practices in the workplace can benefit not just the employee but the organisation as a whole.
Practising mindfulness in the workplace cultivates greater empathy and compassion, less reactivity and greater confidence in participation, collaboration, and sharing. This results in more positive relationships between employees, their peers, and their customers - all of which can affect a company's productivity, profile, and profitability.
Practising mindfulness has been proven to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, develop greater self-awareness and the ability to recognise stress and triggers, reduce overthinking and increase life enjoyment and contentment. This equates to happier staff at home and at work and less burnout and turnover.
How we process information affects our behaviour and emotions. Practising mindfulness develops greater clarity and focus as we learn to still the mind chatter and focus on just what we are doing in the moment. This promotes greater productivity as well as skills such as decision making, problem-solving and creative thinking.
Each day we have countless opportunities to practise mindfulness.