Mindfulness is the science of mental fitness. It Is a tool for increasing the strength and quality of our attention and enables us to stay focused and clear-minded. Research shows that workplace mindfulness training can improve performance, resiliency, memory, empathy, creativity and job satisfaction. Mindfulness gives you a way to organize, protect and make best use of your mind and prevent it from getting cluttered. Meditation is a way to be mindful and may transform the way your employees feel at work. We all perform better when we mentally and physically feel good.
Happy Staff = Better Work
Innovative CEOs are joining the mindful movement. Whether these companies introduced corporate meditation as a productivity hack or as a genuine way to enhance lives, the employees are benefiting from this work culture shift.
The primary goals of our mindfulness program for corporations are:
- Reduce and Remove Anxiety & Stress
- Build Confidence
- Create a Stronger Desire to Further The Company’s Goals
- Increase Creativity and Problem Solving Abilities
- Build a Stronger Connection to Other Employees
- Bring Happiness and Joy into The Employees’ Lives
- Better Coping Mechanisms to Deal with the Daily Ups and Downs
BIG COMPANIES WHO USE MINDFULNESS TRAINING
Steve Jobs took a practice that worked for him and shared it with Apple’s corporate culture. He was considered a pioneer of “mind technology” when he introduced Zen mindfulness meditation to the corporate structure at Apple. Workers have access to a meditation room, 30-minute daily meditation breaks, and on-site yoga and meditation classes, which were all part of a process that Steve used to reduce his own stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity.
Google was lucky enough to have one of their original software developers, Chade-Meng Tan, spearhead a program at Google that began in 2007 called, “Search Inside Yourself.” After participating in the program, these people were able to listen to their colleagues, breathe mindfully, and enhanced their emotional intelligence.
Google offers an on-site meditation space and meditation courses, believing that meditation can help improve not only employee mental health and well-being, but the company’s bottom line as well.
Yahoo offers meditation rooms and free meditation classes for employees to benefit from and reduce stress while at work. It seems that tech companies like Yahoo are the early adopters of the mindful meditation at work culture with magazines like Fast Company touting meditation as a “must-do” to get hired. Yahoo employees can also join other employees and take free meditation classes that are offered on-site.
4. Proctor & Gamble (P&G)
When other companies were installing gyms, P&G CEO A.G. Lafley was starting a meditation instruction program and installing meditation spaces in P&G’s corporate buildings. He’s quoted as saying, “You cannot out-work a problem, you have to out-meditation it.”
5. Prentice Hall Publishing
Working in a publishing company can be tough. Publishing companies are aware of this, that is why they are offering meditation to their employees to help them relieve their stress while doing their work. Prentice Hall valued their employees so much that they’ve allocated a meditation area for them. This space is also referred to as the “Quiet Room” and it is found in their corporate headquarters.
When employees are feeling stressed out with their work, they can simply take a break and enter into the room to do meditation or prayer. Even if they don’t want to meditate or pray, they can just go there to relax and have a moment of reflection in order to relieve their stress.
This company is one of the many large corporations that practice meditation in their workplace. Employees of this company are provided with relaxation rooms where they can relax, rest, pray, and most of all do some meditation. Aside from having these quiet rooms, employees are also given the chance to participate in meditation and yoga classes on-site. This means that there’s no need for leaving their workplace.
Nike employs a mindfulness and meditation coach who recently led a workshop for a team of Nike employees. This team consisted of about 13 innovators who perform and execute significant duties for Nike—most of them are focused on leading the global brand in new directions. Mindful leadership events like this have become a benefit of working for the large sports brand.
HBO has a new hit show Enlightened and it looks like some of that enlightenment has rubbed off on their headquarters. The company boasts a gym, yoga classes, and weekly meditations. They may produce television, but they do not encourage a culture of couch potatoes.
8. AOL Time Warner
In 2000, AOL Time Warner decided to decrease their employees in sales and marketing. From 850 to only 500 workers. As a result, the retained employees were left with lots of work to do. The company wanted to help their employees deal with the stress of working for longer hours, so they offer them with meditation classes while at work. Employees can also go to a quiet room where they can relax, refocus, and refresh themselves before going back to their busy days.
The investment in Employee Wellness benefits your company is so many ways. The bottom line is:
LOWER STRESS =
Lower Healthcare Cost,
Better Attendance, More Creativity,
OUR CORPORATE PROGRAM
Each class will give the employee a specific Meditation to help address different challenges they may be facing. The audio of each Meditation class can be recorded and made available for download via your website or our website. We will not record the audio if you do not wish.
Here are some topics that we teach in organizations (these can be adjusted to meet each organization’s needs):
- Overcoming Fear: getting at the root of what causes anxiety, stress, panic attacks
- Building Confidence
- Learning How to Unwind without the Need for External Substances
- Addressing Self-Medication: learn how Meditation can free you of the need to self-medicate
- Addressing Anger
- Love and Compassion for Ourselves, Co-Workers and Everyone Around Us
- Dealing with Loss & Grief
- Removing Self-Doubt
- Removing Negative Emotions and Thoughts
- Learn to Sleep Like a Baby and Get Up Fully Rested Each Day
Finding Joy and Happiness
- The 20 Minute Work Reset: feel rested, energized, confidant, creative and happy in 20 minutes
Examples of How These Programs Can Be Structured
Our mindfulness programs for corporations can be structured according to the schedule that you believe most employees will utilize. We have created some examples below of how these programs may be structured.
One (1) 60-minute class per week for 3-months. A 60-minute class offers employees ample time to interact with the instructor and ask questions regarding any difficulties they are facing as well as how to address different challenges. This program in great for companies who want to continue significant Mindfulness opportunities to staff after the course completion and want a more comprehensive understanding of Mindfulness.
One (1) 30-minute classes per week for 3-months. A 30-minute class offers companies the ability to teach Mindfulness and Meditation in shorter period of time that does not interfere with work duties. This program teaches staff how to make their own time for Mindfulness when the work day does have a designated program.
One (1) 15-minute classes per week for 6 weeks. This program is designed to teach one (1) meditation technique per class and allow a short practice time for the new technique. This is good for follow-up refresher class for companies who have taught Mindfulness and Meditation previously. The 15-minute classes are designed to allow your employees an opportunity to rest, recharge, and refocus. There is only time to teach one (1) technique per class.
*A customized program can be created for your company that is a combination of these prgrams to meet your needs and schedule.
Classes are taught at the time of day that would attract the highest attendance. Ideally, this class would be offered at 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, or 3:00pm. We have found that these times obtain the highest employee turnout and participation.
The approach these big companies are taking is not hard to implement. Whether you own a small business or work for a corporate giant, it is the ideal time to introduce this age-old practice as part of the new way of balancing work and life. If you would like to discuss your company's needs, Contact US TODAY!
It’s time for you to step into your BEST Self!
It’s time for you to take your first steps towards your BEST LIFE!
THIS, is the Beginning of your Mindful Journey…