Mindfulness at the workplace

Before we talk about your organisation, let’s talk about you.

Can you ever truly say that you have completed all your work when you leave at the end of the day?

Or are you always getting assigned new tasks that need to be dealt with urgently, although you still haven’t completed the previous one?

How do you cope? By gulping down one more cup of coffee and squeezing these tasks into your already tight schedule, or by doing the extra work on your laptop at night?

Does the following sound familiar? If you do have the evening off, all you can do is vegetate in front of the TV because otherwise you can’t switch off the endless cycle of planning and worrying thoughts whirling around in your mind. You wake up at 5am – still exhausted –  and the first thing that pops into your mind is your to-do list.

It may not be much consolation, but you are not alone. More people than you would imagine feel overwhelmed and stressed at their workplace. Even the ones who appear to be perfectly in control.

And everybody keeps going, just like you.

The consequences of chronic stress

Have you ever thought about the consequences?

Of course, a healthy dose of stress now and then helps all of us to perform. But a chronic state of stress without having the chance to recover in between stress peaks leads to physical illnesses as well as mental health issues, such as burn-out or depression.

A week on leave won’t help any more if it gets to that point.

That’s not all. Your personal life, your work and your organisation all suffer from too much stress.

Your family and friends may not be very happy if you always give priority to your work. Or if you are physically there but are mentally absent and moody.

At work, high levels of chronic stress can lead to conflicts within teams, because people  become disconnected and cynical.

People who are overwhelmed cannot be responsive and creative any more. The consequence? The organisation misses out on important opportunities.

Leaders lack the mental space to see things in perspective, so they cannot make wise decisions. Organisational change projects fail because people do not have any mental flexibility left.

In short: you may think things will work out OK  if you just keep working harder and harder. But that has the opposite effect. You, and your colleagues, can no longer achieve your potential.

What do you think about trying a radically different approach?

One that might seem counterproductive at first. But that in the end reduces stress levels and improves wellbeing and productivity in your whole organisation – and lets you flourish in your personal life as well.

That is what mindfulness can do.

Mindfulness improves both individual wellbeing and organisational performance

Our mindfulness courses and workshops help to:

  • Keep your cool in acutely stressful situations, and prevent chronic stress from building up.
  • Develop sharper focus, identify and act on opportunities more quickly and be more creative.
  • Manage your energy levels and prevent exhaustion and burn-out.
  • Balance your emotions and communicate more effectively.
  • Move from “crisis management” to a more inspirational style of leadership.

We teach practical and easy-to-learn mindfulness skills that can be used both at home and at the workplace.

We have seen from experience that the way we teach mindfulness appeals to a large audience, including administrative staff, engineers or scientists, managers, sales people, etc.

The benefits of mindfulness in organisations

Offering mindfulness training in an organisation has numerous benefits.

On an individual level, you will experience greater wellbeing, be more focused and creative and find a better work-life balance.

Scientific research shows that there are fewer conflicts within teams and communication improves when the team members practise mindfulness. On an organisational level, when people deal with stress better and have a clear mind, they are more productive and committed.

Personal

  • Lower stress
  • More creativity
  • Greater well-being

Interpersonal

  • Better communication
  • Reducing conflicts
  • Stronger relationships

Organisational

  • Lower absenteeism
  • Higher commitment
  • Higher productivity
Source: M. Chaskalson, The Mindful Workplace (2011) and A.Chiesa and A. Seretti, A systematic review of neurobiological and clinical features of mindfulness meditations. Psychological Medicine 40 (2010)

Our services

Would you like to see these results in your organisation?

We can help. This is what we can offer.

Introductory workshops

1 to 2-hour workshops about mindfulness and stress management.

The workshops can be organised at lunchtime, after work, during a teambuilding day, strategy meeting day, …

These introductory workshops create more awareness about the causes and effects of stress, and allow people to judge whether mindfulness could be helpful for them.

Thematic workshops

Half-day or full-day workshops.

Interactive and practical workshops on specific topics such as:

  • Managing stress with mindfulness.
  • Balancing your energy.
  • Achieving better focus and productivity.
  • Mindful communication.
  • Mindful leadership.

The thematic workshops zoom in on a specific topic that your organisation finds particularly challenging.

In-company mindfulness courses

Standard 8-week course or in a modular format.

  • 8-week course: 8 weekly sessions of 1,5 hours.
  • Modular: 4 modules of 3 hours.

The full course allows people to acquire all the necessary mindfulness skills in a step-by-step way, with the opportunity to practise in between the sessions.

All our workshops and courses can be tailor-made to fit your specific needs.

We would be happy to support you in creating a more mindful culture, going beyond employee well-being and stress management. We can help you to build an organisation where everyone buys into its mission. With inspirational leaders. With focused, committed and creative staff.

We can work in English, French, Dutch and German.

Our trainers all have 15+ years of HR and/or management experience and can translate mindfulness to the reality of your workplace.

Get in touch

Contact us to discuss a tailor-made solution for your organisation.

Our clients

Private sector

A selection of companies for whom we have organised in-company workshops and trainings:

  • Nestlé
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Ogilvy (Social.Lab)
  • Diageo
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Euclid Law
  • Schneider Electric
  • Caldic
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Bayer
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • UCB

Public & not-for-profit sector

We provide regular mindfulness courses for the staff of:

  • the European Parliament (through DG Personnel)
  • the European Commission (various DGs, among others DG HR and the Secretariat General).

A selection of public sector organisations, EU Agencies and other not-for-profit organisations we have worked with:

  • NATO
  • Eurocontrol
  • European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Research Council (ERCEA)
  • Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)
  • UK Permanent Representation
  • Eurocities
  • European Federation of glass packaging and glass tableware makers (FEVE)
  • EU Representation of the Swedish Skåne region.
  • Belgian sector associations such as Pharma.be, Volta & VBO.