If you are considering ways to better support your and your staff’s wellbeing at work thereby enhancing what you offer your clients, there is certainly a growing list of reasons to introduce a mindful mindset into your work space. While there has been quite a bit of research conducted on how a mindful mindset works and its possible outcomes, some of the results are very encouraging and some are inconclusive at this point and more research is called for.
However, the programs guide (on purpose) participants to discover for themselves the effects of mindfulness on their mind-body, and gain insight into the causes of their distress and its release.The following is an example of some of the encouraging results brought about by a mindful mindset in the work place:
‘A new comprehensive analysis of mindfulness research, co-directed by a management scientist at Case Western Reserve University, suggests that injecting a corporate culture of mindfulness not only improves focus, but the ability to manage stress and how employees work together.
A small but growing body of work in the management area suggests mindfulness is linked to better workplace functioning.
Among the new study’s conclusions:
- Mindfulness appears to positively impact human functioning overall. Research in such disciplines as psychology, neuroscience and medicine provide a wealth of evidence that mindfulness improves attention, cognition, emotions, behaviour and physiology.
- Specifically, mindfulness has been shown to improve three qualities of attention — stability, control and efficiency. The human mind is estimated to wander roughly half of our waking hours, but mindfulness can stabilise attention in the present.
- Although mindfulness is an individual quality, initial evidence suggests that it affects interpersonal behaviour and workgroup relationships.
- Mindfulness may improve relationships through greater empathy and compassion — suggesting mindfulness training could enhance workplace processes that rely on effective leadership and teamwork.’ full article
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