Corporate mindfulness is a term that I am using for any business or team whom creates a program or creates opportunity for its employees to practice mindfulness in a corporate organization. We have defined mindfulness as present moment focus, or being in the now, deliberately or on purpose. We are training our brains to be present through designing a customized mindfulness program. There are three keys for creating a successful corporate mindfulness program.
3 Key Elements for Corporate Mindfulness
Customize mindfulness to your audience
Always customize when designing a corporate mindfulness program. Designing a customized training program is the first essential key when developing a Corporate Mindfulness program. There are several reasons customization is optimal, but perhaps the biggest reason is that these programs can target certain skills, and be tuned to the weaknesses in a department or corporation. Poor communication, leadership or emotional intelligence are all concepts that the program could emphasize. These can become the focal points if the training is customized for the needs and demands specific to the organization or group.
Making deliberate time for practice
Our second key to implementing a successful mindfulness training program is time related demands. Some organizations have time to do an intensive five day training, some an all day eight hour training, others have time to do two and a half hours training each week, and still others maybe it only be able to do 45 minutes once a week. If there is a drawback to the practice of mindfulness training it is just that; it is a practice and takes practice. Mindfulness is a type of mental training, and without regular practice we tend to only get minimal results. So how much practice produces results? It could be less time than you think. but that depends on the company, department or team. Our research while training mindfulness in the military indicates that even small training sessions can produce significant benefits. However, it also tells us that the more practice time the team puts in, the more significant the results.
Measuring mindfulness results
Measurement becomes our third key for implementing mindfulness training for your company. Meaning measurement of the service. You want to make sure that your program of mindfulness is bringing about changes that will help your unique goals. There should be a needs assessment done before the program starts, and scales to assess the progress made throughout the training.
Many high performing companies and organizations are implementing mindfulness-based training: from Google creating a mindfulness dojo, to Dell leading a mindfulness drive, or the Seattle Seahawks implementing the program the year before they won the Super Bowl. Mindfulness has become a practice that many of the best from business to sports are implementing. Customized training programs are designed to maximize impact and adapt to each corporation as they work to motivate, support and educate their employees to practice mindfulness. These are skills that can be learned, but the downside is that this takes time to teach and practice. However, the upside is that it can be learned through repetition and persistence, and there are wide ranges of benefits that always come from practice.