According to an estimation, employees’ lack of productivity and disengagement cost businesses about $350 billion every year. That’s huge!
Why are employees disengaged, you ask?
It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. There may be 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 more enjoyable place for them to be?
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. This is where mindfulness comes into play. 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?
According to DeRose Meditation,
“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.”
There has been hype around mindfulness for a number of 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 into your corporate culture.
Increased Employee Productivity
When you are chilled, relaxed, and have control over your nerves, you do not get panic attacks. An experiment conducted on people showed that mindfulness practice boosted test subjects’ productivity by 69 minutes per week.
Reduced Chance of Stress and Burnout
According to a survey, 80% of employees feel stressed at their workplace. In such an alarming situation, mindfulness provides a rescue service akin to reducing the chaos (in this case, stress hormones) inside the human body.
Increased Emotional Intelligence
Being mindful helps improve patience and gives you the ability to regulate your emotions. Having a sense of peace allows you to cope when things do not go your way. In the long run, you do not get emotionally triggered in the event of workplace disagreement. And civil discourse in any dispute becomes second nature.
Chilling out 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.
Daydreaming in the middle of work happens to the best of us. You might end up thinking about a project that you will be undertaking next week or at the very least about tonight’s dinner.
Besides, there is always a notification on your mobile or a colleague stopping by to get between you and your work. But studies have shown that mindfulness training improves your focus and ability to 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
According to a 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 having a particular spot in the parking area, etc. You could also plan a day out in the mountains or arrange a complimentary dinner for the employee of the month.
Dinner with the CEO is the biggest reward we can think of. Because it will not only increase the employee’s prominence, it will also give 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 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 manager or CEO of a company, you should incorporate some de-stressing activities into your company’s culture. It will help change your employees’ perspective about their work and workplace altogether.
To make sure your employees are well-tended to, you should encourage the consumption of healthy snacks at the office. You could also subsidize gym memberships and access to a mental well-being platform so that the maximum number of people can work out and meditate. Or how about planning social gatherings? When people spend some of their down time 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 whether 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 on the wall to bring some calmness and serenity into their office. Some companies even go as far as adding positive images beside the company’s mission statement to give employees a boost towards achieving their goals. You can also consider including case studies 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 an Emotional Connection
When the time comes, a team leader must be emotionally available to their team. To understand the emotional challenges faced by your teammates, it’s of prime importance to create an emotional connection with them. This will help them overcome their struggles and emotional blocks in exchange for powerful, up-to-the-mark performance.
You can do this by showing empathy and talking to your team about their mental wellbeing. Organizing mindfulness workshops in your organization is a great way of demonstrating your concern for employees. You’re therefore already halfway towards building an emotional connection with your employees.
In order to develop empathy, it is crucial that you’re mindful and available to listen to your employees. In doing so, you will be able to build trusting relationships between 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 supposedly become easier and more convenient than at any point in history. But the reality appears completely different.
In a world where people are expected to work exhaustively, having a support system within the workplace is essential. Everyone involved needs to up their game in leading a team. If need be, each staff member should be willing to take charge, lead, and teach others. Mindfulness teaches us how to take the lead when the need arises.
As we said at 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 which is aligned to the group’s principles, and defining 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 an example by taking breaks during the work day. 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.
Taking things one step further, you can also make it mandatory to take a 5-minute break every half 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 during which you are completely off work. A quick breathing exercise to enjoy some fresh air 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 live or recorded breathing and meditation sessions. These practices may be very effective at reducing stress, helping people deal with pressure, and promoting 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 shuffling around on an uncomfortable chair for hours every day brings exhaustion. That’s why it’s important to create a comfortable space within your office where workers can go, sit, and relax.
Do not misperceive it. You do not need fancy wallpaper or frilly curtains to make it an attractive space. Rather, a piece of decent artwork on the wall, comfy chairs, and a relaxing couch will work wonders. If, for example, any of your employees is feeling exhausted, they could go and work from a comfier space for a while. In this way, not only will they feel more relaxed, but this will be reflected in their productivity. (Not to mention the sense of gratification they’re likely to experience at you taking care of their health needs).
Consider advising 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 Apps, E-courses or Immersive Live Platforms
Another effective way to incorporate mindfulness culture in your company is to purchase subscriptions to a mindfulness app or an E-learning course for your staff.
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.
Another resource you could offer your employees is access to an immersive live platform which provides more than just mindfulness training. This is something that is able to fill the gap of craving a sense of community, giving your staff the opportunity to feel connected and access real-time guidance.
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Mindfulness is so far the #1 solution that can allow any company to prosper. We, at DeRose Meditation, offer mindfulness classes and workshops on Stress & Wellbeing, Emotional Intelligence, Focus & Sustainable Performance and Intuitive & Creative Mind. Are you interested in receiving more information about our platform? Click here to provide access to your entire team, so that you can all benefit from working as part of a better, more productive, and more focused team.