Work sucks. Work is awesome. Work is boring. Work is exciting. Work is meh.
The work experience your people have? Often, it just depends on the day—what went right, what went wrong, who was nice, who was mean, if they got what they wanted, if they were thwarted, what they were asked to do, what they put off for another time, if they were doing what they like to do, if they were doing what they don’t like to do but had to anyway.
Even if your people (and you!) mostly like or love what they do, their daily work experience usually depends on what’s happening at the moment. Such is work (and life).
So how do you help your people improve their experience at work? One way that continues to gain widespread traction and acceptance is promoting and encouraging mindfulness.
Mindfulness is focusing on what’s happening in the moment, with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and care.
We can all be somewhat mindful some of the time. But doing it more consistently and thoroughly, especially at work, takes learning and practice. Learning and practice take teaching and training, the right environment, and encouragement. Encouragement takes support and communication.
Mindfulness is already making its way into the workplace. Mindfulness meditation apps such as Calm, Headspace, Buddhify, and others like them are being integrated into employer wellness programs. And companies such as Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Aetna have implemented them as a way to increase productivity. Other organizations, such as Nike, Procter & Gamble, and HBO offer on-site meditation spaces and classes to make it easy for their employees to practice mindfulness meditation.
If you’re thinking about introducing a mindfulness program at your workplace, consider these 5 guidelines for ensuring a successful rollout:
To embed mindfulness in your workplace successfully, it can’t be a one-and-done. Rather, it should be a concerted, planful effort of ongoing education and reinforcement.
Read about how we worked with Intuit to help them embed mindfulness into their wellness program.
Andrew Kaplan, VP Senior Consultant, has been with Segal Benz for over 15 years working with private sector employers, public sector entities, and multiemployer trust funds.