What about you?
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 well-being 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.
- 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.
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.
- connect – to others, to the larger community as well as to her or his personal values and ethics;
- skilfully initiate and guide change, by listening and collaborating with open curiosity and by showing a willingness, if necessary, to live with ambiguity until a decision becomes clear;
- motivate others to flourish in their work and to find their own meaning in work and life;
- stimulate innovation by accepting failures as experiments from which to learn and inspires her or his people to do the same;
- have a clear sense of purpose and direction
Find out more here.
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.
On an organisational level, when people deal with stress better and have a clear mind, they are more productive and committed. Scientific research shows that there are fewer conflicts within teams and communication improves when the team members practise mindfulness.
Here's how a former partipant experienced our mindfulness course:
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New! Special offering for organisations in Covid 19 times: 8-week online course "Finding peace in a frantic world". Learn how to build up inner resources and reslience and feel more calm, focused and connected.
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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.
We also provide workshops in schools. Please contact us to find out more.
Our teachers all have 15+ years of HR and/or management experience and can translate mindfulness to the reality of your workplace.
Feedback by former particpants
"High quality teachers and extraordinary communication and pedagogical tools (handbook, to the point emails, language , knowledge...), Extraordinary 8-week mindfulness course which should be a must for everyone, impossible not to like... Mindfulness attitudes in hectic times and some delicious raisins (you will find out why....). " Participant from the European Commission
"The 8-week programme was a real eye-opener. I love the coach aswell as the group, everything was done in an athmosphere of compassion and understanding. I feel like now I have this big toolbox that I can keep developing and digging into whenever I face difficult and stressful situations." Participant of an international company.
"This course has been truly transforrmational for me. I came to understand that self-care if not optional but absolutely necessary if I want to deal with the many challenges of my life. it also helped me to understand that in order to be kind and creative I need to first switch to the being mode and leanr to relax." Participant of a Belgium company.
"Offering the 8-week mindfulness course to one's staff should be considered by any employer concerned about staff wellbeing and both professional and personal development." Participant of an international organisation.
Feel free to contact us to discuss a tailor-made solution for your organisation.
Please note that we have developed a specific offering for dealing with anxiety and uncertainty for employees working from home during the corona crisis. We are happy to discuss with you how we can support you during these challenging times.
Contact Beate Trück – email@example.com – +32 476 89 29 41