You may have seen articles on how companies such as Facebook and Google are embracing meditation and mindfulness training for their staff, but wondered how this might benefit your business.
There are those in the corporate world who dismiss the apparent popularity of what they might view as “McMindfulness” - so bulk packaging of a mindfulness “product” - but if done well, with an experienced teacher, mindfulness can effect large changes on a personal level, offering benefits at work and home.
Some of the key points are:
We’ve all had one of those frantic days, where just spending time with someone in the office who you know has a calm outlook, is enough to make you feel more calm and more at ease about the work issues you have to deal with. In the same way that it only takes one frantic person in a workplace to spread panic and unsettle people, the more calm and mindful you can encourage your staff to be, the more this will spread.
Mindfulness Improves Focus
As more offices are open plan, this is a huge help. Mindfulness can help us “tune out” of what’s going on around us, and focus single-mindedly on the one task in front of us. It is effectively the opposite of multi-tasking; encouraging everyone to do one thing well, rather than attempt to do several things at once, and badly.
Mindfulness Makes You A Better Listener
We’ve probably all had those meetings at work. You know, where you get called in to discuss something, and the person you’re meeting with then spends time also taking calls, checking their emails, etc. You don’t then feel that anything gets resolved, or that you’ve been truly listened to. A more mindful approach makes those in the workplace feel valued and respected, and can result in more productive meetings/conferences.
Relationships with customers
The same goes for meetings with customers/clients; if your mind is jumping to the next thing you have to do, they won’t feel they’re getting your full attention – mainly because they’re not! You may also miss things like changes in their tone or manner, which might otherwise alert you to potential issues. Meditation and mindfulness increase our ability to focus, thereby making us better listeners, and more able to respond appropriately.
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