How to Build a Mindful Workplace
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How to Build a Mindful Workplace


Be a Mindful Manager

Practice yourself. The more experience you have and the more value you get from the practice, the more able you are to support your team! You don't need to be perfect - the practice is simple, but not easy - share both your successes and challenges with your team. Commit yourself to having mindful interactions.


Get into the habit of practicing a personal Take 5 moment before drafting emails, having important conversations or delivering feedback, entering stressful meetings etc. It could be as simple as taking a few deep breaths and feeling your feet on the floor.


Develop Team Cues

Turn regular activities your team participates in - like getting your morning coffee, walking to lunch, doing expenses, meeting with a difficult client, preparing for month-end etc. into team cues.

They can all be great opportunities to Take 5 and become more mindful.




Have Mindful Meetings

Begin your weekly team meetings with a Take 5 practice.

  • Listen to a guided practice

  • Ask team members to lead

  • Provide a few moments of quiet for self-guided practice.


Plan to watch the MindWell Monthly Webinars together.

Select video from the MWU Faculty Video Library and allow time for discussion.

Schedule Challenge Check-Ins during the challenge as opportunities to discuss the Challenge, share key learnings and notice any positive changes occurring.

Host tech-free meetings when possible to encourage being in the present moment and mindful listening.


Make it relevant and have fun!

  • Share video clips from the MindWell Video Library that would resonate with your team or are applicable to their current work.

  • Take a mindful break with a teammate - get a coffee or afternoon snack and then pause to really enjoy it mindfully.

  • Develop a weekly mindful note that you send to your team - this could be a funny comic, inspirational quote or news article that you find interesting.

  • Give your team members a mindful item to place somewhere in their workspace as a reminder to Take 5.


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