Mindfulness at work

The moment we hear about mindfulness, we imagine in our mind it is about meditation, inner peace, and calmness. But mindfulness is not just meditating or taking a pause and breathing.

It is about how you accomplish your job with at most precision and focus. In today’s fast-paced life we have so many distractions, both internal and external.

We all know what external distractions like phones and its notifications from social media quickly take our mind off from a task we want to focus on, but if one is serious and disciplined, we use technology to have a “do not disturb” time to ourselves.

But what are the internal distractions? Simple after enabling “do not disturb “on your phone if you still open the app and check for the comments on your last post then it is an internal distraction. Internal distractions are also about self-doubting or self-sabotaging thoughts. When you are working on a presentation or studying for an exam, if your focus is mostly on what the outcome might be rather than just preparing for it, then it is an internal distraction. If you still feel it is normal to have such thoughts, then there is a need for mindfulness practice for sure. Being mindful is about focusing on the job at hand, not the result, not the outcome, just being present in the moment and giving your best.

Now I am sure you can relate to how mindfulness can be extremely effective in the workplace. Mindfulness enhances productivity by eradicating all distractions. This means for an employee it is less and quality time at work and more time for self and family. And for the employer, it is a win-win situation with more productivity and happy employees.   A mindful employee will focus at work during this eight hours shift as compared to someone who does a 12-hour shift with just 5-6 hours of productive time amidst all the distractions. Rest you can do the math.

Mindfulness is not just about inner peace and calm, but it is way more than that. Let us look at what can be the benefits of mindfulness at work:

1.     Mindfulness can help us make the right decisions

Needless to say at work we have to make many important decisions, mindfulness activities and practice can help us keep our prejudice and experience aside and decide based on present conditions.

2.   Mindfulness helps is emotional regulation

A mindful employee at work will be emotionally intelligent and manage his stress and anxiety quite well. He/she will not allow his work to suffer due to his emotional state, as there will be no toxic state he will experience.

3.   Mindfulness will increase interpersonal relationships

An ideal state of mindfulness in both leader and employee is a perfect recipe for success. The presence of mindfulness does not mean the absence of chaos, it means enhancing the ability to handle chaos. That’s what the team and the mindful leader will experience.

4.     Mindfulness can help to strategize better

When every employee works to total precision, they will be able to focus on every smaller aspect of work which can be a great starting point for planning future strategies. Not just that workforce planning, training and development, and employee experience at the workplace can be looked at from a new lens of mindfulness.

5. Mindfulness boosts resilience skills

Mindfulness practices help employees to manage their burnout. Employees and leaders will be able to identify early signs of burnout and take immediate action. There can still be many stressful days/events, but mindfulness will help the team build their resilience. Even after a stressful day, they can come to work the next day with renewed energy and creativity.

Start your mindfulness practice today

Mindfulness is not just about meditation and facing reality. It means that you are not worrying about the future or regretting the past but just focusing on the present situation. In fact, with mindfulness, you are closer to reality and with more awareness.

Author- Vandana Jha

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