Mindfulness at Work

Overview

The Mindfulness at Work program outlined here has been designed as an introductory level training program for professionals to mindfulness to assist with their work and daily life. This training program was recently delivered to the BHP BillitonJimblebar Mine Leadership Team. The central aim of Mindfulness at Work is to learn knowledge and skills to assist with:

  • enhancing task focus and productivity;
  • better management of workplace distractions;
  • improve workplace relating, flexible thinking, and decision making;
  • reduce stress and prevent burnout.

According to Good et al. (2015), the research suggests that the above advantages afforded by mindfulness can then help improve overall job performance, efficiency, decision making and communications at both an individual and organizational level.  Learning how to be more mindful at work and in life is a key feature of this program. As a whole, mindfulness practices, ideas and strategies when practiced regularly can enhance self-awareness, self-regulation, intentionality, well-being, positive emotion, and flexible thinking. These qualities are also widely regarded as the central features of personal resilience (Teper, Segal, & Inzlicht, 2013).

Training Objectives: to understand and practice the key principles and practices of mindfulness; establish one’s own mindfulness practice; and build skills to support greater mindful attention, self-regulation, decision making, positivity, work place performance and harmonious passion for work. The Five key overarching aspects of the program are summarised in the diagram below.

Training Format

  • 1-day Workshop (6.5 hours) / 4 weekly 1.5 hour seminars (6 hrs)
  • Optional weekly (1.5 hours in duration) mindfulness practice classes.

The above format can be modified to suit your particular organisational needs. For example, a 1-day workshop followed by some weekly practice classes, or a series of weekly seminars. The training involves a mix of didactic presentation, mindfulness skills practices and group discussion. The weekly practice classes further develop the ideas introduced in the workshop in terms of establishing skills and their application to the workplace and life more generally. Participants will be encouraged to practice skills learned in each class (for about 10 to 20 minutes per day) at home and at work (where feasible) so to establish their own personal mindfulness practice with specific applications to the workplace. The program is supported by evidence-based theory and research on the benefits of mindfulness training in the context of the workplace and resiliency.

Further Information

Please contact us for further discussion about the training program, cost estimates, and any tailoring required for your organisational needs.

References:

  • Good, D. J., Lyddy, C. J., Glomb, T. M., Bono, J. E., Brown, K. W., Duffy, M. K., & Lazar, S. W. (2015). Contemplating mindfulness at work:  an integrative review. Journal of Management, Online, November.
  • Teper, R., Segal, Z. V., & Inzlicht, M. (2013). Inside the mindful mind: How mindfulness enhances emotion regulation through improvements in executive control. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(6), 449-454.
  • Williams, J.M.G., & Penman, W. (2011). Mindfulness a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. London, UK: Piatkus