Organizations that promote healthy environments are more likely to maintain happy employees that are: more productive, spend less money on healthcare costs, miss less work, and less likely to quit to find a better job, all this helps to reduce costs and maintain institutional knowledge and culture.
What is Mindfulness?
The term “mindfulness” has become a common buzz word in many workplaces, schools, and communities. The reason is because researchers from Harvard, Stanford, and Berkley have all discovered a positive link between mindfulness and human performance. Mindfulness simply means “to be present in the moment, without judgment.”
Why Mindfulness Starts at the Top?
Today’s workforce now has five generations working together with a mixture of cultural backgrounds. Without proper tools to lead effectively, leaders can get overwhelmed and stressed while managing employees that have diverse work preferences, communication styles, and motivations. Thus, resulting in toxic work environments with high turnover and burnout.
The first step to building successful teams is to build resilient leaders that can manage their own emotional intelligence and well-being. Leaders consistently face high stress situations. Being able to manage this stress is critical for longevity and success. Studies indicate that learning and applying mindfulness tools helps to boost energy, reduce depression, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve overall health.
How does Mindfulness Impact Teams?
Many organizations have successfully adopted mindfulness practices. Companies, like General Mills and Google, have reported a return on investment using these programs, claiming their employees are more productive, make better decisions, and are more engaged. In addition, researchers suggest that mindfulness boosts employee morale, improves employee health outcomes, and reduces turnover.
Trust is a foundational principle for successful teams.
Mindfulness in the Workplace
The Mindful Leader
The Mindful Leader hires the right people to do the job and let’s them do their job! They lead by example with a coaching and mentoring approach to find the solution, not the problem. This leader can see the organization’s vision and motivate the people around them to get the job done with effective communication skills across cultures and generations.
The Mindful Team
The Mindful Team works together across cultures and generations using effective communication skills and cultural respect. The team uses coaching principles to determine their goals, discover their strengths, design action plans, execute assignments and measure success! The team maintains a unity and connection as they equally work toward the same vision for the organization.
The Mindful Entrepreneur
The Mindful Entrepreneur understands their product and market very well. They have competitive business plan and model that is flexible and can be changed, as needed. This entrepreneur is maximizing their talents so they can be working on the business, not in the business. They are confident and ready for anything!