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Mindfulness in the Workplace

How to Improve Workplace Communication

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Does your team or organisation feel stressed out and suffers from a lack of engagement, cohesion and poor productivity?

If so I can help you by training CEOs, managers and their teams in small to medium businesses how to cultivate mindfulness both at work and in their everyday lives to communicate more effectively within the team, manage and reduce stress, and improve the overall working conditions of the organisation.

Why is it important to reduce work-related stress?

In 2013, a report from Safe Work Australia revealed that work related stress is costing Australia businesses over $10 billion dollars through loss of productivity and absenteeism over long period of times.  Statistics have shown that workplace stress has grown steadily since the mid 1990’s.

Workplace stress is the response that people experience when presented with work demands and pressures that challenge their ability to cope or when there is a lack of communication and conflicts in the organisation.  Work related stress can have very negative effects on the health and well-being of staff such as irritability, fatigue, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal disorders.

Another study by Medibank Private has shown that healthy employees are three times more productive than healthy employees and that unhealthy employees take nine times more sick leave than healthy employees. Therefore, reducing stress, improving team cohesion, managing work pressures more effectively and improving working conditions increase work productivity and performance and significantly reduce absenteeism, atrition rates and direct health care costs to the organisation.

How does mindfulness training reduce stress?

Research has shown that mindfulness training and regular mindfulness practice is highly beneficial to businesses and their employees by enabling staff to manage stress more effectively thereby reducing workplace stress, improving workplace communication and staff’s overall well-being.

Benefits of mindfulness training in the workplace have included:

  • improved ability to communicate clearly and respond more appropriately to stressful situations
  • improved ability to handle workplace conflict
  • improved standard of customer service
  • improved focus, clearer communication and improved decisions making
  • improved team work
  • reduced stress
  • reduced absenteeism
  • improved productivity
  • enhanced creativity and ability to think `outside the box’
  • increased energy and enthusiasm for life

We work with CEOs, managers and employees particularly in Government Departments, educational , community and health care services and the corporate sector.  Our training programs content are tailored to address the particular stress and pressures that staff encounter in the organisation.

 

We offer one off mindfulness workshops, ongoing programs over 4 to 6 weeks and a half-day to 2 days training. To discuss your needs and requirements please call Lise on 0405 067 030.