How to Practice Mindfulness at Work
Mindfulness increases productivity, creativity, and engagement in the workplace. But why should you go out of your way to incorporate it into the corporate culture?
Mindfulness and Work
Anxiety and depression have reached epidemic proportions. Humans seem to be busier than ever. And we worry a lot! Uncertainty about our future, health, and finances significantly impact our lives and debilitate our bodies and minds. In these times when adulting is not only a hashtag but a real concern, the practice of mindfulness gives us serenity—it allows us to pause, accept that which we cannot change, and be attentive and appreciative of the here-and-now with all its blessings and obstacles. But what does this all mean for your professional life?
Companies must take care of its employees’ minds for they are their primary working tool and most valued capital. For a while, businesses have been conscious of employees’ well-being and physical health. They have introduced company-sponsored 5K races and switched out Doritos for granola bars in their vending machines. But in this day and age, organizations must take care of their most precious commodity and improve the mindsets of employees who spend most of their waking hours at work.
4 Easy Ways to Implement Mindfulness in Your Workplace
- Introduce a quiet space: Designating a space in your office to recharge for a few minutes between projects is the new workspace trend. It can be a 5-minute massage chair in a corner or a whole meditation room, the point is to give your employees (and yourself) a space to unwind.
- Encourage breaks: Create the space for everyone to enjoy a break or two throughout the day without guilt. Be clear that it is encouraged for everyone to leave the office for at least an hour a day, do not plan meetings around lunch time, and prioritize your coworkers and employees’ breaks over their work.
- Start your meetings with intention: Before rushing to start a meeting, pause. Make sure to thank everyone for attending the meeting, state what the meeting is about, and what you hope to accomplish. Then take a moment for everyone to reflect on the intentions of the meeting or think of any questions or ideas they would like to share.
- Lead by example: As a leader, use the quiet space, take breaks, and walk the talk. Lead by example to create the work culture you envision.
It is crucial to build mindfulness into lengthy work days. We cannot just be stressed-out all day every day and leave relaxation and reflection for the weekend. No matter what your business is about, if you build an environment around safety and gratitude, your coworkers and employees will respond with intention and passion.
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