Mindfulness In The Workplace

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Health Assured team

16 May 2019

As humans, we are forever questioning ourselves, actions, and thoughts. But instead of asking, “what if…”, we should aspire to live in the moment.

Mindfulness is all about accepting your present state, without fears or judgment.

But focusing on your current state isn’t just about meditating every day at dawn. Instead, having a positive outlook on life can improve personal welfare, like mental health.  

Read all about mindfulness in the workplace, why it’s important, and how it benefits business growth and employee wellbeing.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your present state–both physically and psychologically.

It’s about focusing on your environment or people around you. It involves relaxing, meditating, and concentrating on sounds or thoughts.

Being mindful can be beneficial for some mental health conditions. It’s particularly helpful in reducing workplace stress and social anxiety–two of the most common reasons for sick leave.

Why is mindfulness so important?

In current times, businesses run within a knowledge-led economy. This means you don’t simply make profits based on how much you produce. It’s about utilising the ‘mind’ to generate business success.

The impact of mindfulness in the workplace allows you to make decisions, without them being influenced by negative emotions or thoughts.

What are the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace?

There are various benefits you gain from practising mindfulness. By reshaping cultures and promoting wellbeing, you can grow a healthy work environment.

Here are benefits to practicing mindfulness in the workplace:

  • Minimise stress and anxiety.
  • Improve problem-solving abilities.
  • Reduce overwhelming feelings.
  • Appreciate moments as they happen.
  • Adapt to unforeseen situations.
  • Increase empathy and emotional intelligence.

Mental health and mindfulness

Mindfulness is said to improve the state of our mental health. You can actively regulate conditions like, stress and anxiety.

By minimising worries for uncontrollable factors, employees can focus more on managing their health.

However, it shouldn’t be seen as an all-inclusive remedy. Mindfulness can also have a reverse effect for heavier mental health conditions, like depression or suicide.

In these situations, you could risk creating triggers or making their conditions worse. Here, you should offer them medical referrals, to licensed therapists and health professionals.

How to practice mindfulness in the workplace

Too often, employees focus their attention on future goals or past incidents.

Instead, direct their attention towards the present, allowing them to improve their response to situations.

‘Living in the moment’ will soon become habitual, especially during work. In the end, mindfulness is beneficial for both employee wellbeing and business output.

Here are a few ways to practice being mindful at work:

Build a mindful culture

The best way to introduce a workplace practice, is by teaching it to all staff-members.

Build a work culture which highlights the significance of health and wellbeing. And celebrate mindfulness and resilience in the workplace.

You can even provide line-managers with mindfulness training. So employees, and the business alike, can benefit from positive outcomes. 

Try calming activities

Introduce various mindfulness activities for the workplace. Here, your aim is to focus on gaining peace of mind.

These exercises don’t have to take up huge amounts of effort. Some only take a few minutes, and some can be done from office-desks. Here are some activities to try:

  • Focusing on breathing.
  • Paying attention to surroundings.
  • Practising self-acceptance.
  • Living in the moment.
  • Finding joy in simple pleasures.

Provide wellbeing programs

Some wellbeing programs focus on improving mental and physical health.

You can provide Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) to help manage mindfulness and wellbeing in the workplace. And they’re especially helpful with managing work-related stress and anxiety.

These programs are generally accessible through digital apps. Which means, you can monitor employee wellbeing accurately and on a regular basis.

Get expert guidance on mindfulness with Health Assured

All employers have a duty of care to protect the safety and welfare of their staff.

Being mindful can vastly improve wellbeing and productivity. But be aware that it isn’t a healing plaster for all mental health conditions.

If you neglect wellbeing, you could risk losing valuable employees. Not to mention, potentially facing legal claims and business damages.

Health Assured provides expert guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace. Our teams offer specialised knowledge on employee wellbeing whilst considering your business needs.

We also provide a 24/7 helpline, that’s open 365 days a year–helping you care for your staff all year round. Arrange a call back on 0800 206 2532.

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