The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace

Posted on April 2021 By Speller International

The notion that you must power through the workday has long been expected in many high-performance offices. However, it often ends with stressed and burnt-out employees and low company moral.

More recently, workplaces have embraced work life balance which most will agree is a step in the right direction. And we, at Speller agree. That’s why we have shifted some of our focus to become more mindful and balanced in the workplace.

So, What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is the idea of learning how to be fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment.”

Now more than ever employers are focused on the health, both physical and mental, of their employees, and we believe it can benefit the entire team. This is how;

The Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Helps reduce stress – taking 5 minutes to mediate or prioritise our work, being present, helps to reduce overall stress and improve our concentration

  • Increase productivity – with better focus, individuals will spend less time procrastinating and allow them to focus on the job in hand

  • Helps emotional intelligence – practising mindfulness allows us to focus more on regulating our emotions and being able to recognise other emotions more easily, facilitating the ability to see other people’s perspectives

  • Less sick days – studies have shown employees who feel less stress and are better rested are less likely to have days of leave

  • Supports resilience- focusing on the presence makes each issue easier to tackle rather than focusing too far into the future and what might happen

  • Teaches focus – by concentrating on the task at hand and dealing with one issue at a time allows the individual to complete each task to their highest ability

  • Increased moral – creates a work environment that is fulfilling and supportive.

How Have Speller Adopted this Approach?

  • Being a recruitment company, it is a fun yet noisy environment. As a result, we have created spaces in parts of the office to get away from the noise and other distractions. This allows us to concentrate and focus at times, yet still gives us the ability to collaborate when we need to

  • Most of the team have a mindfulness app that we use when needed

  • We have hired a personal trainer that the team can train with every Wednesday to take a break, reduce stress and get the body moving.

All of these steps help us move towards a more positive, focussed and team driven work environment where we can openly discuss our issues and concerns. After all, we each spend so much of our everyday lives at work, we may as well strive to make it a place we want to be.

We’d love to hear about any new processes your workplace has implemented to help improve your teams moral, reduce stress and create a more balanced workplace environment.

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