• On average 47% of waking hours is spent thinking about what ISN’T going on!

     
    AND a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. (1)
     
    Consider that statistic next time your team is trying to meet a vital project deadline, you’re sitting in a meeting going nowhere, or having a conversation with a colleague!

     

    Learning how to 'Mind the Gap' in present moment awareness is key to skillfully handling stress, regulating emotions (leading to emotional intelligence) and, improving mental health and agility. In turn this leads to increased collaboration, safety, performance, effective team communication, happiness, health, and wellbeing.

    The 'Mind the Gap' foundation

     

    The comprehensive 'Mind the Gap' Mindfulness in the Workplace training is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed in 1979 as a self-educational public health intervention by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

    Based on mindfulness and advances in neuroscience, it explores how we perceive the challenges that arise in daily life and how we can learn to mindfully respond, rather than mindlessly react with automatic patterns because our minds are somewhere else! 

    With specific adaptions to meet the needs of the workforce in these challenging times, the 'Mind the Gap' training also includes critical elements of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

    Together, these skills create a mindfulness-based approach that can be fully customized to meet your company's values and logistical needs. 

    We also offer in-person and online 1-1 mindfulness training, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR courses for groups or individuals, mindfulness workshops, and keynote talks.

    Every business is different with a unique vision, and if there is a mindfulness-based training that you would like us to create for you to support your staff's mental health and wellbeing, please get in touch.

     “Knowing yourself lies at the core of emotional intelligence, and the best mental app for this is the mind-training method called mindfulness”

    Daniel Goleman

    The evidence

     

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR is evidence-based. It is a well-defined and systematic individual-centered education to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives (2).

    Over the last 40 years, with a research explosion in the last 10 last years, thousands of studies document that mindfulness can have a profound impact on wellbeing, social and leadership skills, and cognitive abilities. 

    In one such study SIGMA Assessment Systems, Inc., London, ON, Canada and the Department of Psychology, Western University, London, ON, Canada conducted a randomized waitlist-controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of an online 8-week Mindfulness-Based training programme in a sample of adults employed fulltime at a Fortune 100 company in the United States.

    The outcome provides support for the beneļ¬ts of online mindfulness interventions in workplace settings, even for those participants who already have prior experience with mindfulness and demonstrates the effectiveness of an online-based mindfulness training program for enhancing well-being, self-perceptions of emotional intelligence, and workplace performance. (3)

    Consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations also show that mindfulness skills can enhance (4) (5) (6) (7):

    • Adaptation to change;
    • Effective team communication;
    • Better resilience;
    • Accountability;
    • Mental and emotional safety;
    • Focus;
    • Facilitates new ways to think and view the world, thereby reducing conflicts; 
    • Cultivates an active and responsible approach rather than a reactive approach;
    • Provides the capacity to recover more quickly from challenging events;
    • Develops the ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful situations;
    • Enhanced immune function and improved physical and mental well-being;
    • Greater happiness;
    • Foster ethical behavior.

    References 

    1. Harvard psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth, a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar and Daniel T. Gilbert studied the nature and causes of human happiness through the development of an app http://www.trackyourhappiness.org which uses smartphones to study present moment awareness and the link with happiness in real-time during everyday life. 

    2. Kabat-Zinn, J. Mindfulness Meditation: What It Is, What It Isn’t, And It’s Role In Health Care and Medicine. [book auth.] Y., Ishii, Y., and Suzuki, M. Haruki. Comparative and Psychological Study on Meditation. Netherlands: Eburon, 1996.

    3. Ruby Nadler, Julie J. Carswell and John Paul Minda: Online Mindfulness Training increases Well-Being, Trait Emotional Intelligence, and workplace competency ratings: A randomized waitlist-controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychology 2020.

    4.  Brunn, P.H. & Corneliussen, C. Mindfulness in organisationer. s.l. : Dansk Psykologisk Forlag A/S , 2013.

    5. Vogus, T.J. Mindful Organizing. Establishing and establishing the foundations of highly reliable performance. Positive Organizational Scholarship. 2011, pp. 664-676.

    6. Kabat-Zinn, J. Full Catastrophe Living. s.l. : Random House USA Inc., 2013.

    7. Awareness and Ethics in Dispute Resolution and Law: Why Mindfulness Tends to Foster Ethical Behavior. L.L., Riskin. 2009, Tex. L. Rev. , pp. 493-503. 6. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-work-sap/at-germanys-sap-employee-mindfulness-leads-tohigher-profits-idUSKCN1II1BW. [Online]