Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t). -James Baraz
Mindfulness is a synonym to awareness. It is in accepting and understanding one’s feelings, thoughts, bodily sensations, and not being judgemental about it. The concept of mindfulness transcended over time and now has emerged as a great tool to bring awareness, stay calm and productive in our personal and professional lives.
Our life is tangled up between our personal and professional life. We have emails to reply, deadlines to meet, meetings to attend. And while doing all these we are continuously bombarded with social media notifications, calls, and texts which we can’t ignore. These keep our minds shuffling from one thing to the other at work and it often becomes difficult to concentrate and focus. This not only leads to high stress but also makes us very unproductive and confused.
The modern organization now are quite flexible with their work culture and encourage mindfulness to tackle mental health issues and stress at work. They understand the importance of mindfulness in the workplace and how it can bring solace, peace, and clarity to help employees function better. It is also worth mentioning that many organization have now started incorporating the concept of mindfulness in their corporate wellness program as well.
Its all about balancing work-life and putting efforts that can benefit everyone in the long run.
Steps Employers Can Take To Encourage Mindfulness In The Workplace
Start A Conversation:
The first thing employers or management can do is start a conversation. Build a culture that believes in transparency and is open about anything that needs immediate attention. Talk to your employees, ask them questions if they mentally and emotionally enjoy their work or if there is anything that needs to be taken care of. This would help build trust and break the awkwardness if any.
Many are not aware of their psychological imbalance and even the ones who do either remain shy or fear the consequences. So employers can build a culture where health and wellness are given much priority, where mental health issues are discussed openly to spread awareness and overcome it.
Mindfulness Programs For Employees:
Initiate mindfulness programs for employees. You can design your programs according to your company culture. You can conduct sessions or workshops on mindfulness, conduct yoga and meditation sessions weekly or bi-weekly. Mindfulness programs like this give employees a new perspective to look at their issues and handle them with awareness. It gives them ease and balances their emotions and energies.
Give Them Time And Space:
Give your employees an environment where they can thrive. Give them time so that they can rejuvenate themselves. Often workloads and expectations to fulfill their company’s goals and objectives drain them out. Arrange meetings where employees can voice their opinions or the problems they are facing to balance their work-life.
You can also have a designated space for employees to rest, practice mindfulness and be aware of their present thoughts and emotions.
Here Are The Practices To Be More Mindful At Work
Our mind has an affinity towards negativity, which you can also call as negativity bias. We are more focused and concerned about what can go wrong rather than being optimistic. At the workplace, we often judge ourselves or we blame and complain about the work undone. We create a very unhealthy loop and never really feel gratitude for what we have.
When you practice gratitude, it helps you focus and be grateful for all the good things you have and experience. This also helps you build resilience and focus on things that are more important at the moment.
Be more humble:
Humility is in having confidence in yourself and being grounded. You would see many great leaders who are more humble in their approach. They understand the fact that the work they do or the ideas they bring has a lot to do with others than themselves. They are self-aware and do not take themselves seriously. They are humble and do not work to get the credits or the appreciation, they do it for the bigger purpose. This idea or belief keeps them sane and also help solve critical problems with ease.
When you are humble and understand the contribution or the role you have in an organization, you automatically put your best foot forward and be more mindful of your actions.
In the workplace, you meet diverse mindsets. There are team members whom you may not agree with or maybe you are disturbed for the unrealistic expectation your manager has from you. Everyone has their own way of doing things and it often does not match with others. When you accept what you can’t change, you become more mindful and focus on things where you can contribute and also eliminate a lot of unnecessary distractions at work.
Take short exercises:
Mindfulness exercises like breathing, stretching, journaling or taking short breaks to rejuvenate yourself have an instant effect on mindfulness and be more present. Even if you have a hectic work schedule, you can easily take a short break and take these exercises to be more present and be mindful of your workplace.
Workplace stress is not going to leave you sooner. The only way to fight stress is finding a way to be more present and mindful to make better decisions. I hope the article helps you bring awareness to the topic also helps you practice mindfulness in the workplace.