Practical Integrations of Mindfulness in the Workplace
Once the staff of an organization has completed the 8 week MBSR program, it's time to move to the next step of the process and integrate mindfulness into the workplace in practical and measurable ways. The following are examples of some of the ways that using mindfulness as a lens can dramatically improve these situations. Each of these can be delivered to an organization in the form of a workshop, clinic, and consulting engagement.
Managing the inbox
The email inbox continues to be a source of stress and a challenge to productivity for many organizations. Comment about "Too many messages, too many interupptions" etc. We apply mindfulness techniques to this problem area which will significantly reduce stress for individuals and also improve the quality and timeliness of communication. At an organizational level we look at how the existing email culture, whether its intended or not, can affect the behavior of individuals and we explore methods for changing that culture.
Meetings have become a bad word for many organizations. With many meetings scheduled throughout the day, people move in and out of meetings without actually being there. We explore techniques for supporting these transitions, and creating opportunities for people to clear their minds of the narratives that often consume their brains during meetings. Something about better decision making, etc.
Organizations continue to struggle with the shear quantity of tasks being managed on a daily basis. While there are a abundance of technical tools for keeping track, it's still a difficult area to navigate. With mindfulness as a lens, we explore how our work gets created, assigned, and prioritized, and develop new comfort etc..
Nonprofits are trying to do more with less, now more than ever. Given the commitment levels and passion that many staff members feel for the cause that they are supporting, this kind of rigorous work effort leads to fatigue, and eventually burn out. The cost of turnover is humongous (numbers here?). With a regular mindfulness practice being encouraged by the workplace, end the fatigue, the stress, people in the office more days out of the year etc.