Mindfulness in the Workplace

Whereas the Mindful Living  8 week course (more details) is appropriate for individuals who are anything from curious about mindfulness to feeling that stressful situations and the way they deal with those situations,  has a negative impact on their well being, we also offer bespoke Mindfulness training in the workplace to schools and other organisations ranging from taster sessions to 6-8 weekly group sessions. Recent work place  training in mindfulness in the last year has included:

–    staff in secondary and primary schools
–    Law firm staff (private and government lawyers
–    staff in global manufacturing managers in the chemical industry
–     staff training  in city council
–     trainee GPs
–    counsellors in a private counselling clinic
–     staff (therapists in a range of areas) at a  police stress management centre
–     staff in a pharmaceutical  research company
–     staff at a housing provider

Training takes the form of introductory taster sessions to half/ full day training to a full 6 or 8 week course.

Schools:  I have completed the .b foundation training which allows me to teach a version of the  8 week course which has been specifically designed for teachers (or other adults working with children). In  a school setting this would be usually taught after school e.g. 4-5.30pm over 8 weeks and has a sound research base behind it (see K Weare, Evidence for Mindfulness: Impacts on the Wellbeing and Performance of School Staff).

Mindfulness in the workplace comes with documented benefits. A significant mindfulness exercise was carried out at Transport for London with clear postive impacts. This and other recent studies have cited the mindfulness trained staff have:

  • Improved cognitive function – (i.e. better concentration, memory and learning ability)
  • Improved ability to focus attention on tasks, less distracted
  • Promotes insightful problem solving
  • Increases emotional intelligence which helps with relationships at work
  • Increased ability to work under stress

It appears that mindfulness trained staff are more resilient in dealing with tasks and problems and less emotionally reactive. This translates into organisational benefits like:

  • Reduced staff absenteeism and turnover
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhanced employee job satisfaction

If you would like to discuss how mindfulness training can be of use to your organisation please contact Annika on