Mindfulness in the Workplace

These days most people spend a lot of time at work and there is often pressure to perform well – to work harder or smarter, working longer hours and meeting performance targets.  The stress that can accrue from all of this is compounded if staff don’t feel heard or appreciated.  The effects of long-term stress will be felt by companies in terms of absenteeism, sickness and staff turnover as well as in productivity, performance indicators and team performance.  It makes sense that healthier, happier staff make for a healthier, happier company.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends an 8 week course in mindfulness as a front-line treatment for relapsing depression.

A mindfulness-based programme offered to workers at Transport for London resulted in major changes to the level of health-related absenteeism.  Days taken off due to stress, depression and anxiety fell by over 70% in the following three years (absences for all health conditions were halved).  Those who took the course also reported significant improvements in their quality of life – 80% said their relationships had improved, 79% said they were more able to relax and 53% said they were happier in their jobs. (Mental Health Foundation 2010, Mindfulness report, London)

Mindfulness practice can help to bring about: greater self-awareness; making better choices; managing stressful situations more effectively; better listening and communication skills; developing greater clarity of thought (being less clouded by perceptions and assumptions); enhanced appreciation for others and healthier relationships and an improved ability to pay attention.

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