• Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

  • 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 mindfulness, and emotional and social intelligence is vital to skillfully handling stress, regulating emotions (leading to emotional and social intelligence), improving mental health and agility, and preventing burnout. This increases collaboration, safety, performance, effective team communication, happiness, resilience, and work-life balance.

    Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), published its new Guidelines on Mental Wellbeing at Work, setting out key considerations and recommendations for employers wanting to support employees’ social, emotional and mental wellbeing in the workplace. Mindfulness features strongly as a recommended offering for employees within these guidelines. 

  • The Mindful Academy International Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace training has been developed by founder Kathy Ward who also works as a Mindfulness Consultant and Mindfulness-Based Mental Agility MBMA course developer for the WHO.

    Based on Mindfulness and over 40-years of research on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) plus the skills of Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness and self-management) and Social Intelligence (social awareness and relationship management) and advances in Neuroscience, the workshops and courses support the development of real-life practices that can be immediately applied to enable individuals and teams to create and sustain a resonant workplace environment and work-life balance.

    Studies of mindfulness and emotional intelligence also share how the skills can improve social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

     The “Thriving at Work” report estimated: “Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year” (Stevenson/Farnmer Review 2017)

    Through experiential practice, you learn how to be in the present moment, perceive the difficulties or challenges that arise in daily life, and how to mindfully listen, explore, understand and respond with awareness, rather than mindlessly react with automatic patterns and behaviors.

    Supported by a comprehensive workbook specifically designed to enable participants to set personal intentions, make a picture in their minds, and put the skills into action, we also provide mp3 practice recordings of between 5 and 20 minutes, with optional 30-minute practice recordings for those who would prefer a longer practice.

    Our online workshops and courses are experiential rather than cognitive. It is one thing to know something, it is another feel it and put it into practice in daily life.

    Previous mindfulness, meditation, emotional or social intelligence experience is not required. For those with experience, the experiential nature of the Mental Health in the Workplace workshops or courses will deepen practice and embed the skills into daily life.

    You may like to listen to the 6-minute mp3 below to experience one of the practices yourself.

    A 6-minute S.E.L.F Awareness mp3 practice

  • One-Hour Introduction:

    An ideal introduction to Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace, this one-hour online experiential workshop includes tips and practices that employees can implement straight away to make a real difference in their lives.

    Half-Day workshop:

    Going deeper than the introduction workshop, the half-day Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace workshop explores stress management practices, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and finding work life balance. 

    Comprehensive 7 and 14-hour courses:

    The 7 hour Module one course focuses on stress management, mindfulness and the emotional intelligence skills of self-awareness and self-management to build resilience and prevent burnout.

    The 7 hour Module two course builds on module one with a continued focus on stress management, mindfulness and the social intelligence skills of social awareness and relationship management to build a healthy and collaborative working environment. 

    Module one and module two can be booked separately, however, participants must have taken module one in order to participate in module two. 

    Ongoing weekly 30-minute community practice sessions to deepen practice and build community are also available.

    Contact us today to see how we can support your business and the mental wellbeing of your employees.

  • In this free webinar on Voomly with Kathy Ward we will explore how Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence (M-BESI) in the workplace integrates mindfulness-based practice, the emotional and social intelligence skills of self-awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management, plus advances in neuroscience to train the brain to pay attention to the present moment with curiosity and compassion. 
     
    These are the essential skills that enable us to drop judgment and embrace a beginner's mind with the sincere intention to listen, explore, understand and make the right choices for both ourselves and individuals balanced with the needs of the team and business. In the process developing trust and creating space for innovation, breakthrough and growth.
     
    The experiential M-BESI in the workplace skills are key to effectively handling the difficulties and challenges of the changing world, regulating emotions (leading to emotional and social intelligence) and improving mental health. In turn increasing collaboration, safety, performance, effective team communication, resilience, happiness, health, and wellbeing.    

    In this webinar you will learn:

    1. Why mindfulness-based practice, emotional and social intelligence are essential skills for the changing workplace.
    2. How developing presence with curiosity and compassion increases mental health, wellbeing and happiness.
    3. Learn one simple skill to increase work-life balance.  

    Watch the free webinar now

  • Mindfulness Consultancy, Training Courses, Webinars, Workshops and Keynote talks tailored to fit your business

    Kathy Ward also works as a Mindfulness Consultant for the World Health Organization where she developed and trains staff in an exclusive Mindfulness-Based Mental Agility MBMA in the workplace course. The bespoke course includes emotional intelligence, the latest research in interpersonal neurobiology and explores how mindfulness is the foundation of psychological safety. 

    Kathy Ward also offers Mindfulness Consultancy, live online 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR courses for groups or individuals, bespoke mindfulness training courses, workshops, webinars, and keynote talks. 

    Every business is different with a unique vision, and if there is a Mental Wellbeing training that you would like us to create to support your staff please get in touch.

  • The Evidence

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR was developed as a self-educational public health intervention by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It is an evidence based and well-defined, 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]