The benefits of mindfulness meditation in the workplace

The benefits of mindfulness meditation in the workplace are endless. There has been a growing body of research, that states mindfulness boosts focus and creativity, lowers stress, increases emotional intelligence and helps lessen reactivity, to name just a few benefits.

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior are noted meditators. And companies such as Aetna, General Mills, Keurig Green Mountain, Google and Intel have created programs for employees, with the goal of encouraging mindfulness in the workplace.

Dasa, who gave a mindful leadership keynote and mindfulness meditation trainings at Oracle HCM World, believes meditation apps can be truly helpful in promoting mindfulness, since employees can use them at their convenience.

He has also led mindfulness trainings remotely via WebEx for geographically dispersed companies, and is interested in other ways of using technology to help promote mindfulness in the workplace.

How can mindfulness assist in the workplace

Imagine that you're about to go into a meeting that you know will be difficult. Knowing that the meeting is going to be tense and difficult, you're already getting stressed." To assist, you can use your smartphone to practice a mindfulness meditation beforehand.

According to many experts, mindfulness creates more space between thought and action, which can lead to less reactivity and smarter, more levelheaded decisions. That more present frame of mind is not something that comes easily or naturally in our multitasking world, which is why a concerted effort is required to promote mindfulness in the workplace.

As a culture, we're always running around … We're trying to eat  while driving, and listening to our messages on the phone and planning something else. How are we going to have time to do one thing properly? We're not. Mindfulness basically means being aware of your thoughts and emotions, and keeping your mind in the present moment.

Making mindfulness in the workplace work

What's really important to the success of corporate mindfulness programs? Besides simply making such trainings available, one critical factor is leadership involvement. For it to really be accepted by everyone in the organisation, it's really important that it's not just set up for everyone else --  it's important that leaders show up, as well.

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