The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace
I recently completed a management development programme through the NHS Skills Development Network. This included an introductory workshop on Mindfulness.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings so we become aware of them. Being aware of your surroundings, your feelings, and your physical self. Research suggests Mindfulness works for individuals. Delegates completing Mindfulness courses report benefits including:
- Improved ability to cope with the effects of chronic illness
- Less worry, anxiety and depression
- Improvements in fatigue levels
- Enhanced emotional control, resourcefulness and resilience
- Greater capacity for relaxation and calmness
- Better quality sleep
But how does this translate to the workplace?
In many working environments, employees are being asked to do more with less: Working long hours with heavy workloads. Work is an area where many experience their greatest sense of challenge and achievement, but also their greatest level of stress. For high-performing individuals, it’s natural to want to do the best job possible. However this may often lead to high-stress levels, and anxiety. Mindfulness can help deal with this, increasing resilience and emotional intelligence. All while improving productivity in the workplace. In particular, here are two benefits that you might like to consider.
Mindfulness and Resilience
As well as being concerned with the costs of absenteeism, presenteeism and staff turnover caused by stress and anxiety, employers are also concerned with the emotional wellbeing of employees due to a growing awareness of mental health in general. Mindfulness within the workplace can support resilience in these matters. It enables employees to recognise the signs of stress and respond instead of internalising or ignoring it. Overall, Mindfulness reduces stress and boosts resilience: Ensuring that employees are happy and content coming to work.
Mindfulness and Relationships
How team members feel about their colleagues can impact how a team accomplishes tasks and inevitably their success. Mindfulness training makes people more likely to respond positively to others. Employees with good relationships with colleagues tend to collaborate better, thus driving productivity. Mindfulness can also improve relationships at home, making individuals happier and better able to deal with issues outside the workplace with a knock on effect on their happiness at work.
Many employers, including our host Trust, recognise the benefits of Mindfulness in the workplace and to their employees.