Do you feel overwhelmed?
Before we talk about your organisation, let’s talk about you. Can you ever truly say that you completed all your work when you stop at the end of the day? Are you always being assigned new tasks that need to be dealt with urgently, although you still haven’t completed the previous ones? Do you find it difficult to divide work and private life?
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 it sound familiar to have the evening off, but all you can do is vegetate in front of the TV because otherwise you can’t switch off the endless cycle of planning and worries whirling around in your mind. You wake up at 5 am – 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 on going, just like you.
The consequences of chronic stress
Have you ever thought about the long-term 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 illness as well as mental health issues, such as burnout or depression. At this point, a week off will not help anymore.
That is not all. Your personal life, your work and your organisation all suffer under 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 anymore. 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 fine if you just keep working harder and harder – but this has an opposite effect. You and your colleagues can no longer achieve your full potential.
How would you feel about trying a radically different approach? One that might seem counterproductive at first, but reduces stress levels and improves wellbeing and productivity in your whole organisation in the end. And it 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 to identify and act on opportunities more quickly and more creatively
- Manage your energy levels and prevent exhaustion and burnout
- Balance your emotions and communicate more effectively
- Move from “crisis management” to a more inspirational style of leadership
- Develop self-confidence based on self-compassion and a sense of agency
- Improve your communication skills by learning to listen and speak mindfully
We teach practical and easy-to-learn mindfulness skills that can be used both at home and at the workplace. Experience shows that the way we teach mindfulness appeals to a large audience – including administrative staff, engineers or scientists, managers, sales people and other profiles.
Get in touch
We developed a special online wellbeing programme for employees working from home during the corona crisis. This is currently our most popular organisational offering. With our 8-week online course "Finding peace in a frantic world" employees learn how to build up inner resources and resilience and feel more calm, focused and connected.
Next to this special course, we offer short online mindful pauses for organisations with guided meditations or mindful yoga or stretching.
We also continue to offer our other workshops, in person as well as online.
All our workshops and courses can be tailor-made to fit your specific needs. Download a more detailed description of our offering here or contact us to discuss a tailor-made solution for your organisation.
We would be happy to support you in creating a more mindful organisational culture, going beyond employee wellbeing and stress management. We can help you to build an organisation where everyone buys into its mission – with inspirational leaders and focused, committed and creative staff.
We work in English, French, Dutch and German. We also provide workshops in schools, please contact us for more information.
Our organisational teachers all have 15+ years of HR and/or management experience and translate mindfulness to the reality of your workplace.
Also did you know that when offering a mindfulness course to your staff you contribute to a wellbeing initiative to young people? Our company and organisation's fees include a small donation to provide free mindfulness trainings for young people.
We believe that mindfulness skills can make this world a better place, not only because it helps to improve individual wellbeing, but also because it leads to wiser choices and more kindness in this world.