What’s in it for me or my business? Can you prove it?
Mindfulness exercises act as health prevention by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and cortisone levels, and by improving the immune system. Further results are: Improved communication as well as increased self-awareness and creativity levels.
Since science took notice of this Buddhist way of meditation lots of studies have been conducted and publications have gained attention. Programs such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Corporate Mindfulness Training (CMT) have been created and applied.
Mindfulness exercises are pragmatic and effective. Google has even created their own MBSR version, a six weeks program to best utilize the creativity potential of its workforce. So yes, you and the business will benefit, studies show it is proven and implementation costs are minimal.
Where does mindfulness come from?
Mindfulness originates from Hinduism followed by Buddhism and exists for over 2400 years. In today’s ever accelerating business life mindfulness no longer gets practised by means of meditation but also by change of behaviour based on the mindfulness philosophy.
Western cultures adopted mindfulness as a new method to deal with emotions, reduce fear and increase wellbeing and satisfaction.
Despite the fact that multitasking is not really possible as the brain is not able to process tasks simultaneously (it does process jobs very fast though), it is exactly this skill most professionals try to master these days. In fact, according to a Stanford University study multitasking leads to more mistakes requiring more time to perform a task. In January 2011 even McKinsey concludes that multitasking damages productivity.
Mindfulness in today’s world
Being accessible nearly 24/7, handling masses of eMails and to-do-lists, jiggling with several tasks or projects, all under time and financial pressure – while being super mom or dad once of work – increasingly leads to huge stress if not even burnout.
Mindfulness helps to pay more attention to detail, to focus on the present moment and task. It helps to become aware of how we act, think, talk and behave and the impact on our environment.
Mindfulness at work
Mindfulness at work enables people to focus on the present, on what is happening at the moment.
It takes peoples mind off distractions caused by endless eMails, twitter and facebook posts as well as co-workers and staff demanding attention.
Mindfulness skills help us to manage our mind rather than allowing our mind to manage us.
Rasmus Hougaard, Director of The Potential Project once quoted former Carlsberg CIO Kenneth Egelund Schmidt saying that
a mindful organisation is “an organisation where people do the right things. Not just things.”
Interested in books?
Check out “Mindfulness at Work” by Dr. Stephen McKenzie and Dr. Danny Penman’s “Mindfulness – A practical guide