Corporations using mindfulness training
There’s no shortage of reasons for corporations to develop successful mindfulness training programs for their employees. Why are corporate mindfulness trainings trending? Many companies have already realized that a more mindful workplace is the key to attracting the high-demand talent they need. That’s because employees are realizing the benefits in terms of decreased stress, enhanced teamwork, and less chance of suffering from burnout. In some cases, employees have taken to grassroots movements to implement mindfulness into their training and wellness programs, while in other extremely high-profile companies, it’s been implemented top-down. So, why are corporate mindfulness trainings trending? This trend may be lead by the employees need for personal well-being and balance, but ultimately, many training decisions come down to budgets. Thankfully, companies are realizing the financial benefits of a mindful workforce in terms of increased productivity, decreased interpersonal conflict(and time spent on resolution), fewer sick days, and enhanced leadership qualities. These could be key reasons why corporate mindfulness trainings are trending but what else might be contributing factors? Let’s took a look at whose been doing it right!
Corporate Mindfulness Programs
Many corporate mindfulness-training programs are well established, and industry leaders have been reaping benefits for several years now. This is especially true for big name (and big budget) companies. Google and Apple are examples of large successful organizations that have ingrained mindfulness into their wellness culture. They offer things like:
-Mindfulness training courses on topics like controlling the breath, dealing with stress, and increasing emotional intelligence.
-Company wide mindfulness apps and competitions
-Dedicated time during the workday to practice mindfulness
-Yoga and meditation rooms and quiet spaces
Google’s flagship mindfulness program is called “Search Inside Yourself” (SIY), and has been spun off into a leadership institute. With programs focused on emotional intelligence, the SIY program claims “Our trainings have been proven to reduce stress, improve focus, raise peak performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.”
With Steve Jobs at the helm, Apple has led the way for corporate mindfulness for some time. Recently they’ve created mindfulness programs that use technology, like their apps and i-watch to track employee wellness indicators including meditation time.
While some of the most successful companies in the world have established mindfulness programs with measured benefits, there’s a large number of companies that remain more focused on traditional corporate wellness programs. That’s not to say that they don’t have outstanding employee wellness programs, but it is to say that they may be missing another part of the puzzle, and not realizing their full potential as a company. The demand for mindfulness training has become so great that, in some instances, there are examples of employees starting their own initiatives to incorporate mindfulness.
Grassroots Mindfulness Programs:
At tech giants IBM and AT&T, employees started grassroots movements to implement mindfulness training to those who wanted it. In each case participation boomed, (growing from around 200 to over 5,000 in the case of IBM) and lead to formal corporate initiatives. These programs start with things like:
-A practice group
-An online community
-Corporate application research
-Virtual practice series
-Blogs and webinars
Real Corporate Mindfulness
Whether through official HR corporate wellness programs, or through grassroots efforts from employees, the popularity of these programs is massive, and continues to grow. Corporations who embrace the demand for this type of training will gain an advantage over their competition. The thing that we emphasize at SatiMind, is that a mindfulness program must be cultivated and practiced with persistence in order to be most effective. We can teach you the tools, and use the latest apps can be there to offer reminders and guidance, but really embracing mindfulness and making it part of the daily culture is up to internal champions. While grassroots efforts can eventually be effective, giving employees professional support with proven techniques derived from research and experience is an approach that will likely lead to quicker, more measurable results.
Insights from Cole Leslie