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Want to Build a Mindful Company? 8 Ways to Get Started

“Mindfulness is a skill set that you can learn, and through constant training, it is possible to achieve sustainable behavior change. It is the ability to stay focused on the task at hand, increasing awareness of thoughts, feelings, habits, and actions.”

Want to Build a Mindful Company? 8 Ways to Get Started

 Source: Mindful Org

According to an estimation, employees cost businesses about $350 billion every year because of unproductivity and disengagement. That’s huge! 

Why are employees disengaged, you ask? 

It’s not a one-shoe-size-fits-all situation. There are many underlying reasons. One of them is a stressful, boring, and hectic office culture. 

But remember that a workplace is more than just work. It is the place where your employees spend most of their time. So, why not make it a fun place for them? 

How? You may ask. 

By making your company more mindful. Creating a mindful company culture!

Imagine having a corporate culture where your employees can work, live, and have fun. And that is where mindfulness plays its role. It helps your employees to relieve stress and relax which increases their productivity and work efficiency. 

Let’s have a look at some benefits of mindful work culture and how to build a mindful company.

What is Mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is a skill set that you can learn, and through constant training, it is possible to achieve sustainable behavior change. It is the ability to stay focused on the task at hand, increasing awareness of thoughts, feelings, habits, and actions.

Mindfulness has been the hype for many years. A study shows that mindfulness practice pays out a decent return on investment (ROI) to businesses. For this reason, you will find every billionaire practicing it.

Benefits of Having a Mindful Company Culture 

Here are some benefits of incorporating mindfulness in corporate culture. 

Increased Employees’ Productivity 

When you are chill, relaxed, and have control over your nerves, you do not get panic attacks. An experiment conducted on people showed that mindfulness practice boosted their test subjects’ productivity by 69 minutes per week. 

Reduced Chances of Stress and Burnouts

According to a survey, 80% of employees are stressed at their workplace. In such an alarming situation, mindfulness provides rescue services like reducing the chaos (in this case, stress hormones) inside a human body.

Increased Emotional Intelligence 

Being mindful helps improve your patience and gives you the ability to regulate your emotions. Having a sense of peace makes you cope up when things do not go your way. In the long run, you do not get emotionally triggered in the event of workplace disagreement. And having a civil discourse in any dispute becomes your second nature.

Improved Creativity 

Chilling out as a result of after a mindfulness session means you are giving yourself some time to be receptive to new ideas. It translates to enjoying an out-of-the-box thought process. This innovative thinking gives a boost to your creativity.

Improved Focus 

Daydreaming in the middle of work happens to everyone – even to the best of us. You might end up thinking about a project that you will be undertaking next week or about dinner at the very least. 

Besides, there is always a notification on your mobile or a colleague stopping by to intervene between you and your work. But studies have shown that mindfulness training improves your focus and weed out distractions effectively. 

8 Ways to Build a Mindful Company 

Now that we have discussed some irresistible benefits of mindfulness, allow me to introduce some proven ways to build a mindfulness culture at your company. 

1-  Have a Reward System in Place

“I spend 98% of my day sitting in my office and thinking about what I can do to get my team to play just 1% better.” – Pete Carroll, Head Coach and Executive Vice President at Seattle Seahawks

According to the Gallup report, nearly 85% of the American workforce is not engaged in their workplace. But having a reward system motivates employees to pull off more tasks at work.

Rewards fall into many categories, such as bonuses, gifts, and office perks like allotting a particular spot in the parking area, etc. You can also plan a camp in a hilly area or arrange a complimentary dinner for the employee of the month.

Dinner with the CEO is the biggest reward so far. Because it will not only make the employee prominent but also gives them a chance to pitch their ideas to the boss. All these rewards will foster a better and motivated culture in the workplace. 

Furthermore, you can also introduce gamification activities. A report showed that gamification improved employee engagement by 48% and reduced turnover by 36%.

2-  Introduce De-Stressing Activities

The negative consequences of stress are so lethal that the World Health Organization has declared it a Worldwide Epidemic.

As a manager or the CEO of a company, you should incorporate some de-stressing activities in your company’s culture. It will help change your employee’s perspective about his work and workplace altogether.

To make sure your employees are well-tended, you should encourage taking healthy diet/snacks at the office. You can also subsidize gym memberships and mental well-being platform so that maximum people can work out and meditate. Or how about planning social gatherings? When people spend some time off work chit-chatting, they will feel a fair bit less stressed. 

3-  Have a Meditation Room in the Workplace  

Meditation is an essential part of mindfulness in the workplace, no matter it’s your office or home workspace. Luckily, some companies have realized the significance of meditation just in time. They hire meditation coaches or book online meditation sessions to train their staff members on how to meditate.

Some businesses hang pictures of nature reflecting calmness and serenity in their office. Some companies even go as far as adding positive images opposite to the company’s mission that could give them a boost to achieve their goals. You can also consider including case studies or projects of satisfied clients.

But for this to happen, offering a quiet room with comfortable chairs is important. So that those who want to meditate or regain focus can practice mindfulness there without any interruption from the outside world.

4-  Lead With Emotional Connection

When the time comes, a team leader is emotionally available for his team. To understand the emotional challenges of your teammates, it’s of prime importance to create an emotional connection with theM. It will help overcome their struggles and emotional blocks in exchange for a powerful, up-to-the-mark performance.

You can do it by showing empathy and talking to them about their mental wellbeing. If you organize mindfulness workshops in your organization, it’s a dead giveaway of your concern for them. Hence, you are already halfway through building an emotional connection with your employees. 

In order to develop empathy, it will be crucial to be mindful and available to listen to your employees. Doing so, you will be able to build trusting relationships among the team members, helping them to get over the obstacles they are facing, through collaboration.

5-  Everyone is a Leader and Everyone is a Mentor Mantra

We live in a state-of-the-art world where our lives have become supposedly easier and more convenient than in the past century. But the reality appears completely different. 

In a world where people are expected to work exhaustively, having a support system within the workplace is a dire need. Everyone needs to be more productive to lead a team. If need be, each staff member should be willing to take charge, lead, and teach others. Mindfulness teaches one to lead in case anything shows up.  

As you’ve read in the beginning of this article:  Mindfulness is the ability to stay focused on the task at hand, increasing awareness of thoughts, feelings, habits, and actions. The natural consequence of training mindfulness is to develop self-awareness, and self-leadership. 

As you learn to lead yourself, you develop the abilities to lead others, becoming aware enough to gather the team in creating a vision, aligned to the group principles, and define the best actions to take whenever it’s necessary.

6 – Allow Employees to Take a Break

As a leader, you do not have to micromanage everyone. Give your team some time to reflect and come up with unique ideas.

Being a team leader, you should set up an example of taking breaks during work. Get up from your desk and stretch your legs. While getting your head out of work seems complicated, it does the necessary thing, i.e., relaxes your mind and body. A refreshed and rejuvenated mind makes way for new ideas and increased creativity. Make it a habit, and your teammates will follow suit. 

Besides, you can also make it mandatory to take a 5-minute break every half an hour or every hour at the least even if your employees are working from home. A mindfulness program recommends taking short breaks, including a proper lunch break where you are completely off work. A quick breathing exercise to get the fresh air in is also highly recommended. It will ensure your employees are more focused, concentrated, productive, and receptive to new ideas.  

If your employees are working from home, you can choose to give them access to high quality breathing and meditation sessions, live or recorded. These practices may be very effective to reduce stress, to help people deal with pressure, and to promote more focus, productivity and creativity at work.

7 – Create Comfortable Spaces

People spend a huge chunk of their lives in their workplaces. Working robustly while tossing around on uncomfortable chairs for hours every day brings exhaustion. That’s why it’s important to create a comfortable space within your office where people can go, sit, and relax.

Do not misperceive it. You do not need fancy wallpapers or frilly curtains to make it an attractive space. Rather, a decent artwork on the walls, comfy chairs, and a relaxing couch will work wonders. Say, if any of your employees feels exhausted, they can go to that room and work from there for some time. This way, not only will they be relaxed but also work quite productively. (Not to mention the sense of gratification they would experience for you for taking care of their health needs).

Consider guiding your employees who are working from home to have a quiet and comfortable place for their mindfulness breaks and sessions.

8- Invest in Mindfulness Resources such as App, e-courses or immersive live platforms

Another effective way to incorporate mindfulness culture in your company is to purchase a mindfulness app or an E-learning course and give your staff free access to it. 

Once they realize its importance, they will learn mindfulness at their own pace without any external pressure. To get the best out of the app or E-course, you can also use its teachings in conjunction with conventional mindfulness training to reinforce the previous ideas.

As another resource you can afford to your employees is a platform that can provide all the resources you need to develop your talents.

Want to read more about strategies to build a mindful company? Want to be able to develop and retain talent, as your company’s leadership becomes more fit to deal with the challenges of this rapid and complex scenario?

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