According to the preliminary report by the All-Party-Parlamentary-Group (APPG), high levels of stress in many workplaces are contributing to mental health problems.
The Mindfulness APPG has met regularly to discuss the potential of mindfulness in areas like health care, social care, criminal justice, educate and workplace wellbeing. It suggested that:
“public sector employers such as the NHS and civil service pioneer good practice and set up mindfulness pilot projects, which can be evaluated as part of their responsibility to combat stress. There are some preliminary research findings as well as anecdotal evidence that mindfulness can have a promising impact on improved decision-making, empathy and more collaborative working relationships, as well as helping with anxiety and stress.”
Many international companies in the private sector have already implemented mindfulness programmes for their employees. For example:
- McKinsey & Company
- Deutsche Bank
- Procter & Gamble
- Astra Zeneca
According to Forbes, Google deserves special mention. Google introduced a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence programme backed by scientific research. It is called Search Inside Yourself (SIY). SIY is now offered to organizations outside the Googleplex.
Other mindfulness-based programmes that have been run successfully in organisations are:
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Wellbeing
- Mindfulness for Stress
- Mindfulness in a Frantic World.
These are 8-week courses, which generally last between one and two hours.
Contact the Mindfulness Helper on 078 0398 8031 for a free initial consultation to discuss the needs of your organisation.