We’ve all felt overwhelmed during a hectic workday, particularly in our age of constant connectivity. In fact, 40 percent of workers report their job is “very” or “extremely” stressful. During moments when we must contend with high demand and tight deadlines, quality can be sacrificed in the name of efficiency, creating a lose-lose situation for businesses and employees. Active mindfulness may just be the solution to work-related anxieties and higher quality output that many are seeking.
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your body, mind and feelings in the present moment. It can be exercised through techniques like meditation, focused workouts and “single tasking.” The benefits are scientifically proven: research shows employees who work for organizations that encourage mindful thinking have less emotional exhaustion, more job satisfaction and better overall performance. Executives and professionals are increasingly using the tenets of mindfulness to manage stress, maintain strategic focus, enhance cognitive performance, promote emotional intelligence and improve interpersonal relationships.
As a CEO and active board director for multiple global businesses, I’ve found that mindfulness is a critical component of success. I integrate active awareness into my daily activity, and I encourage my colleagues to do the same. Managers looking to reach their full potential at work and empower employees to succeed should consider following these six tenants for mindfulness in the workplace.
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