Starting a Mindfulness Program - Strategies for Success
These strategies and more are included in our Mental Health & The Future of Work: A Mindful Approach guide. Access the guide for the full list!
Every organization is different and requires a unique approach to implementing new workplace training programs. These are some of our best strategies for success for launching a workplace mindfulness program. Take what works for you, leave what doesn't!
TOOL NOT THE GOAL
Mindfulness is a tool that can be used to reach a variety of goals. Ask yourself what business objectives and benefits you are trying to achieve through training in mindfulness. How does the skill of mindfulness relate to organizational values, priorities and strategies? Focus on using mindfulness as a tool, not as the goal itself.
PROVIDE EVIDENCE SUPPORTING MINDFULNESS
Connecting the benefits of mindfulness with the business world:
The Bottom Line: operations, increased productivity, decreased sick days
Human Impact: wellbeing, decreased stress, happiness and engagement of employees
Cognitive Performance: decision-making, cognitive agility, creativity, inspiration
Social Benefits: relationships, collaboration, empathy, responsibility, connection
DEMONSTRATE THE ROI OF MINDFULNESS
Start a conversation with your CFO. Demonstrate the business costs associated with absenteeism, mental health leaves, decreased productivity and more. Compare the investment in mindfulness training with the ROI. Speak in dollars and cents - it's hard to argue with the bottom line!
CONNECT WITH YOUR CULTURE
Explore opportunities for how mindfulness can fit within your organization’s culture. Mindfulness has been embraced in the most unexpected cultures - it’s important to frame it in a way that relates to employees’ day-to-day work experience and current ways of working together.
Hear from Pam August, retired Director Culture Activation at WestJet on how she used mindfulness training to help build the organization's award-winning workplace culture!
SPEAK YOUR COMPANY'S LANGUAGE
Use language that speaks to your leaders and people! Developing the right communications strategy is an essential component to success. It was only after Google's mindfulness program was re-positioned as a “workout program for developing your emotional intelligence” was it really embraced.