Mindfulness in the Workplace
Enhance innovation, wellbeing, robustness and engagement as the means by which to survive and thrive in stressful, exponentially-altering times.
At a time now of increased chaos and systems-wide instability globally, many are feeling enormous uncertainty, confusion and stress, whether within themselves, their relationships, health and finances, or within their staff and organizations.
It can be a time of tech overwhelm, burnout and fear of failure.
It is a time of both disintegrating and emerging paradigms in which we are the witnesses and participants of the radical, intensifying and, ultimately, liberating crises reflected within:
- escalating global economic, religious, environmental, resource and political instability
- disruptive technological advancements (such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies and AI), globalization and internet hyper-connectivity
- changes within our relationships, sense of gender, the rise of feminine power, moving labour forces, the rise of the millenials
- explosive interest in personal and spiritual development that are changing ‘the status quo’ and our senses of purpose and meaning from the inside-out
Whether at Australia Post, Google Sydney, Westpac, Geelong Grammar, Fairfax, Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Suncorp, IBM Australia, the Methodist Ladies College, and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, one thing is for sure: they’ve all embraced Mindfulness to enhance wellbeing, innovation, success and as the means by which they can survive and thrive in stressful, exponentially-altering times.
Like their counterparts at Facebook and LinkedIn, the Huffington Post, or with FORTUNE 500 moguls, Virgin, Pentagon chiefs, Goldman Sachs executives and the Harvard Business School, leaders across all fields in business, government, society and science are noting the Mindfulness assists with stress and anxiety, whilst enhancing potential, creativity, productivity and bottom-lines.
“Mindfulness is a state of being fully present, aware of oneself and other people, and sensitive to one’s reactions to stressful situations. Leaders who are mindful tend to be more effective in understanding and relating to others, and motivating them toward shared goals. Hence, they become more effective in leadership roles.” William W. George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School
“… the pace of our workdays and our reliance on this always-on culture has made mindfulness more needed than ever before….Employees are hungry for this stuff, because the pace at which we’re working, it’s driving people into the ground and any breath of fresh air is really, really welcomed.” David Gelles, author of ‘Mindful Work’.
Billions are lost each year in productivity due to stress alone. Even undertaken for just a few days, evidence-based Mindfulness decreases the levels of the stress hormone, cortisole, with noticeable increases in Wellbeing.
When applied to business cultures and corporations, Mindfulness invigorates and energizes with evidence-based benefits such as:
- Reduced costs, absenteeism, procrastination, overwhelm, stress, unclear focus
- Active, compassionate engagement among all employees of a given organization, whether large or small, resulting in increased collaboration, happiness and holistic, purpose-driven performance
- Reduced anxiety, tech-overwhelm, depression, PTSD
- Improved bottom-lines, productivity, wellbeing and profits
- Enhanced calmness, accountability, clarity of mind, cooperation, creativity and innovation
- Increased energy levels, time-management, focus
- Increased adaptability and ability to move with fast-changing times
- Articles about Mindfulness in the Australian workplace HERE and HERE
- A study on Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace HERE
“Some consultants tell me that the number one problem in the workplace today is attention. People are distracted. They’re in a state of what’s called “continuous partial attention” where even at meetings, your body is there but your mind is somewhere else. You have countless gadgets constantly sending you information: texts, phone calls, emails, and reminders. All buzzing and dinging for your attention.” Daniel Goleman, author of ‘Emotional Intelligence
This is more than about mere ‘compliance’: this is about a robust, empowered organization that is engaged, motivated, confident, capable and self-actualizing. It is about cutting-edge, science-backed approaches to thriving in fast-paced, challenging times where technology is disrupting everything.
Fatima Bacot can offer a number of diverse, workshopable options (whether IN-PERSON OR ONLINE) to suit your business or organization, inclusive of:
- 4-Session Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Program
- 4-Session Level 2 Program on Mindfulness and Meditation
- Ongoing Weekly or Fortnightly Classes
- Half-Day and Full-Day Workshops
- Video-Conference Training (for more info on Online Training, click HERE)
- 75-min Mindfulness ‘Focus Sessions’
- 1-3 Day Workshops and Retreats
All the above can be creatively and exclusively put together to suit the unique needs of your organization.
“Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is extremely important to our office environment. After a full day session in Fatima’s mindfulness workshop, our teams have shown a keen willingness to improve their personal and professional attitudes through practicing mindfulness in their everyday lives. We have received spectacular feedback from all staff who attended and as a result we are discussing the implementation of quiet areas for meditation and simply taking a break throughout the office. These are the types of social improvements our business is constantly looking for to ensure the best results for our staff and clients alike. Thank you Fatima for a very enlightening and beneficial workshop.” – Andrew Hunter, CEO, CI Australia www.ciaustralia.com.au
“I was very impressed with Fatima’s warmth & her ability to connect with me as part of a group. And a beautiful voice for guided meditation.” TW
“We had Fatima spend a day with our staff members to introduce them to mindfulness practices. Fatima’s professionalism, yet warm, friendly nature and soothing voice, made learning these new techniques very easy and enjoyable. Each and every staff member came away with some very valuable tools that they will continue to practice and use in their everyday lives.” McCloy Dental www.mccloydental.com.au
The Level Two Mindfulness Course has far surpassed any ideas and notions I had about mindfulness and how it could help in my life. I have developed a mindfulness practice that is helping me manage work stresses, finding a better balance between work and looking after myself and FINALLY quietening the brutal inner critic that has spent every second of every day berating me for the last 20 years. A huge thank you to Fatima for starting me on what is already a successful journey. This course has changed my life.” TT, Qld
“…the relief has been significant for me – to be able to recognise just how out of control things were for me….the Mindfulness meditation seems to have created a space between the problems I have and me so I can notice what is happening now before it all takes hold of me and that makes all the difference now. Without your wonderful work and communication in the group, I would still be stuck in the swirl of chaos.” JM, Qld
“Whilst my meditation practising is nowhere near perfect, my understanding of mindfulness has helped me deal with various situations where before I would have struggled, it has given me time to reflect, think and listen to myself and my feelings before I react, which is a life lesson that could have taken me years and many tears before I mastered it!” NM, Qld
“Brilliant Class, brilliant teacher .. so privileged to be a student..Fantastic class (Mindfulness 2), Fatima.” DJ, Qld
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