Mindfulness Training at work has been proven to have many benefits for both employees and employers:
Reducing stress and building resilience to stress
An antidote to burnout
Decreasing employee absenteeism
Team building and leadership development
Boosting creativity and innovation and the ability to influence
Improvements in relationships
Building emotional intelligence
What some of the top business people across the world have to say
The Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, the largest family run business in the world takes time to meditate every day, no matter how busy he is.
During an extremely stressful period when Ford was close to bankruptcy, he admitted
"The practice of mindfulness kept me going during the darkest days."
Taking time each day to meditate was critical. Meditation has helped Mr Ford to improve his productivity and also to make better decisions.
Arianna Huffington, named on Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.
She is the founder of The Huffington Post, (now owned by AOL) and founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books.
Arianna offers weekly classes for AOL and Huffington Post employees and takes time daily to meditate herself.
She endorses mindfulness and its' importance in the workplace...
"It's about "leaning back in order to un-plug, re-charge, renew ourselves and then really be back at
work in a way that is not burnt out, exhausted."
“Stress-reduction and mindfulness don’t just make us happier and healthier.. they’re a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one...and there’s nothing touchy-feely about increased profits."
"When I became CEO of The Nature Conservancy in mid-2008, it was a challenging time economically—the US was hit hard by the financial crisis.
I had taken the helm of an organization with 4,000 staff members, offices in all 50 states and 70 other countries.
One of my unfortunate habits, especially when I’m very busy, is to not listen well, to cut people off, to think that I have the answer to everything.
No one likes that. It creates stress for everyone involved, including me.
As soon as I began to meditate it was easier for me to listen to the people I worked with, to be positive and not sweat the small details".
What we offer at Wellspring Mindfulness - Training At Work
Professional, qualified teachers with decades of mindfulness practice together with over 10 years experience of working in a fast paced corporate setting.
Our approach is very pragmatic, warm and inclusive, with easy to follow guidance and total dedication.
All offered in the familiar setting of your place of work...
Bespoke Mindfulness Training
With your unique business and people in mind we will design a programme that suits your wants and needs.
Focused Attention Training
- weekly, ongoing 30 min to 1 hour sessions.
Relaxed, down to earth mind training from a fully accredited and qualified mindfulness trainer with a business background..
Learn the basics of meditation as well as some simple practical tips for integrating mindfulness into the working day, and everyday life.
Time of day:
During lunchtime, the working day, or after work.
Each session is unique and stand-alone, although regular attendance is encouraged to gain maximum benefit.
First timers to experienced. Everyone is more than welcome.
A large (min capacity 12 people) room with chairs.
Empowering each participant to develop their own inner resources for health, stress resilience, focus, emotional intelligence and creative decision making.
We aim to allow every participant to face the challenges of the workplace, and life in general
from a calm, focused centre.
"The question is not anymore, will Mindfulness come to your organisation?
It will come.
The question is rather will you be an early adopter, will you use this for your competitive advantage?"
Peter Bostelmann, Industrial Engineer & Director of Mindfulness Programs at SAP
Stress, burnout, absenteeism
Performance, productivity, relationships
A randomised controlled trial among employees of a marketing firm testing 6 weeks of mindfulness training compared with half day of mindfulness training on improved well being of employees and productivity of workers .
Results found that both groups improved on job productivity, the 6- week mindfulness training group had significantly greater improvement in attention focus at work and decreases in work-life conflict, as well as improvement in job satisfaction and positive relationship to work compared with the half-day seminar comparison group.
Therefore even small doses of mindfulness training are beneficial, although a regular mindfulness practice will illicit improved productivity and well-being.
Leadership, ability to influence, emotional intellignce
Yvonne Stedham1* and Theresa B. Skaar2 2019
In this conceptual research from the University of Managerial Sciences in Nevada, the authors examine the relationship between mindfulness and leader effectiveness. They conclude:
Firstly, "Mindful leaders behave more consistently as they do not react automatically but respond based on their values and principles. Non-identification and emotion and behavior control, higher emotional intelligence, result in the leader’s ability to focus on the task at hand without distractions based on fear and lack of confidence. Such steadfastness” and enthusiasm will inspire and motivate followers."
Secondly, "Mindful leaders will be effective because they are able to influence others’ behavior because they are trusted. They are trusted because they engage in behaviors that increase their trustworthiness. Followers feel safe and are willing to be vulnerable in their relationship with their leader".
Reduces the cost of employee turnover by 46 percent.
Reduces the cost of sick leave by 19 percent.
Increases performance and productivity by 12 percent.
And the happiest employees, compared with their less happy colleagues, spend 40 percent more time focused on tasks and feel energized 65 percent more of the time.
Happier employees also take 6 fewer sick days a year, and remain in their jobs twice as long.
A randomised and controlled study in stressed employee-volunteers concluded that after 8 weeks of Mindfulness meditation training there was " a significant decrease in stress and burnout, an improvement in decentering (more flexible/approach based perspective) , Heart Rate Variability and self-compassion compared to the control group ... In conclusion, a brief 8-weeks program is an effective tool to quickly reduce stress and improve well-being in a workplace." As work stress is a major contributor to absenteeism and reduced work productivity this has benefits for both employees and employers.