World class companies are using Mindfulness Meditation and other mental techniques to inspire well-being and productivity for their staff. It appears that there is increasing acceptance of the power and usefulness of inner mental processes and focus. 89% of a top U.S. company senior executives said they had become better listeners as a result of ‘Mindfulness’ training.
“It’s about training our minds to be more focused, to see with clarity, to have spaciousness for creativity and to feel connected,” says Janice Marturano, General Mills’ deputy general counsel.
Steve Jobs said, “The main business case for mindfulness meditation is that if you’re fully present on the job, you will be more effective as a leader, you will make better decisions and you will work better with other people,” “If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is,” Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson. “If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practise it.” Google’s “Search Inside Yourself” programme has introduced mindfulness to more than 1,000 employees.
Happy, healthy, engaged team members create a positive work environment. Calmer workers will be less stressed, more productive and even become better leaders, thereby benefiting the entire organisation. Mindfulness can sound deceptively easy. Using moment-to-moment, non-judgemental awareness, the aim is to observe these sensations without reacting to them. By doing so, participants gradually recognise the fleeting nature of sensations, including pain, anger and frustration. In time, this allows practitioners to quiet the mind, becoming less agitated, more focused and easier to work with.