Mindfulness in the Workplace
Let’s face it—running a business is hard. It’s a constant deluge of high speed, hectic insanity. And it stops for no one.
It’s pretty much guaranteed—you’re exhausted, stressed, and probably a little hangry.
Mindfulness. It’s not just a trendy millennial buzzword. It’s the solution to your intense work-style. The yin to your yang. The reason you’re not turning into the office Incredible Hulk.
According to Psychology Today:
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.”
In today's high-speed business world, it's easy to get distracted when you’re pulled in a thousand different directions. Not only are you concerned with the high-level strategy of your company, but you also have the day-to-day drudgery that consumes your very precious time.
It’s time to recenter and regain control. It’s time to be mindful.
Is Mindfulness Just a Trend?
There is a vast debate on this very subject. Is Mindfulness the key to making you a nicer person? Or is it just “commercialized corporate-speak for Buddhist-inspired self-help training”? Should we practice Mindfulness to improve our empathy, or should we ditch the word altogether and just go back to our obsession with Kombucha?
Simply, the answer is no. Even if you ditch the label, the concept of being mindful has only positive effects on your brain and your business.
In today’s landscape, Mindfulness is extremely popular in both large and small companies around the world. Heavy-hitters like Google, eBay, and Twitter offer courses, seminars, and training on Mindfulness, meditation, and managing your energy. The practice has become so popular that Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, attributes their success to the investment in Mindfulness. Even Jewel is getting in the game and launching a platform to make Mindfulness mainstream in the workplace.
Companies and business leaders alike are encouraging meditation and Mindfulness because they know centered, focused employees are the most productive.
The Science of Mindfulness
Sure, the concept sounds great, but let’s dig into the data.
This Neuroscience analysis provides evidence of the proven health benefits of Mindfulness. In this analysis, 47 trials were examined with more than 3,500 participants. The data proved that people using mindful meditation training were less anxious, less depressed, and experienced less pain than those who didn’t. A second test scoured 167 studies and revealed that people who meditate regularly have lower rates of neuroticism and even negativity.
Researchers at Ohio State University are even studying the effects of Mindfulness and how it leads to better emotional health—providing incredible insight into the functionality of the brain.
Benefits of Mindfulness at Work
Now that you’re on the Mindfulness bandwagon, what exactly are the benefits of including it into your corporate life?
- Better emotional intelligence. You become more aware of your emotions, as well as those of your coworkers.
- Better memory. Increased recall of names, dates, facts, and details increases performance and efficiency.
- Increased presence. You avoid distractions and focus on current challenges.
- Better leadership. As a leader, Mindfulness can help you remain calm, aware and decisive.
- Improved decision-making. Mindfulness gives you clarity of thought, helping you make better business decisions.
Automation & Mindfulness
So where do you find the time to take a step back and focus on Mindfulness? Through automation of course! Replacing your business processes with cloud-based technology will recapture the time you typically spend on back-office tasks. The benefits of digitizing include:
- Increased productivity. Freed of monotonous, repetitive work, your team can tackle important challenges.
- Time savings. Time is one of your most precious business assets.
- Increased accuracy. Manual data entry is prone to error.
- Reduced waste. Paper exhausts energy, space, and time
It’s the 21st century—today's companies are looking for ways to make their business as forward-thinking as possible. And Mindfulness is the first step to a happier, healthier life.