Mindfulness at the workplace

“Healthy employees are productive employees”

“Most people spend a large percentage of their waking hours at work. Therefore, the way people feel at work affects their overall health and wellbeing. Work can be a contributing factor to positive mental health and wellbeing, by providing employees with a sense of accomplishment and self-worth, a way to meet new people and form friendships and a place to learn new skills and create personal challenges (Department of Sport and Recreation et al., 2007).

The level of control an employee feels over their work situation, the stress experienced and whether or not the employee feels valued in the workplace can affect work performance, absenteeism, workplace safety and staff turnover (Department of Sport and Recreation et al., 2007). ”

Ideas to encourage positive mental wellbeing in the workplace:

  • Provide opportunities or time out space for employees to  relax for example provide magazines, music, adequate staff room. Mindfulness teaches people efficient ways how to relax that can be easily integrated at the workplace.
  • Provide opportunities to promote workplace spirit for example social clubs, sports teams, shared lunches. Mindfulness practices can also be done together in a relaxed and down to earth way.
  • Provide opportunities for personal and professional development for example ongoing education, training, supervision, mentoring. Have a Mindfulness workshop or Mindfulness creative workshop.
  • Provide a workplace wellness day that also encourages family to attend. Mindfulness is science based and can be fun for the whole family too!

From: http://www.hauora.co.nz/assets/files/Tools/workplace%20wellness%20resource%20Regional%20Public%20Health.pdf

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