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The importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace

What is your workplace wellness strategy for 2021? 

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If 2020 has shown us anything it’s that a sharper focus on mental health is needed in the workplace, 62.3% of the national respondents that participated in our State of Mind Survey agreed that mindfulness could support their mental health and wellbeing during COVID 19. In a post COVID world, it is more important than ever to introduce mindfulness, and the benefits, into organisations to help people tackle day to day challenges with increased ease and resilience.

Our Workplace Program has specifically been created by Psychologists to help you and your staff on your mindfulness journey and provides the building blocks for a successful, positive and creative working environment. 

See below 5 benefits of incorporating mindfulness into your company:

1. Reduced presenteeism and absenteeism

A happier and calmer workplace encourages employees to be present and focused on their workday and their tasks ahead. Putting in place mindfulness and wellbeing strategies can also help employees feel valued and motivated to go to work each day. As a result, absenteeism is reduced along with staff turnover.

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2. Heightened performance and achievement

The clarity that can be created from daily mindfulness practice allows employees to experience heightened awareness and a greater ability to focus on the task at hand. Studies have supported this, finding a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness and employee performance.  The Smiling Mind Workplace Program program offers a variety of different modules and a wealth of knowledge about how to proactively manage mental health and support employee wellbeing. Giving your employees these tools and taking these steps will help your employees perform at their best.

3. Increased productivity and attention

Regular mindfulness practice has been shown to improve concentration, focus, decision making, and communication skills. When combined,  these skills allow for longer periods of concentration and improved quality of work. It can also help foster more productive and more positive work relationships. 

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4. Stress management skills & increased resilience

Although in 2020, work has looked a little different for many of us, stress continued to be prevalent with 46.9% of respondents to our annual State of Mind report experiencing stress. The pandemic has seen employees being required to learn new systems, face new challenges and grapple with uncertainty about the future.  Research has shown that mindfulness can help employees take a pre-emptive approach to manage their mental health, stress and emotions. Reducing stress and increasing resilience will help not only your employees’ confidence but also the quality of their work and can have a positive impact on both their professional and personal lives.

"I found it helped to calm me down when I was feeling the pressure” -  Smiling Mind Workplace Program Participant 

 

5. Increased engagement and morale

A calm and engaged workforce is more likely to be a successful workforce! Having the tools to support one another is crucial to help build a positive, creative, working environment, build employees’ self-awareness and bring out their inner leader. In turn, this will support increased connection, morale, and camaraderie among your workforce.

With our corporate Workplace Program, we offer a flexible but structured plan designed to enable your whole company to benefit and begin or continue, their mindfulness journey. 

Book a time to speak with our team and bring mindfulness to your organisation in 2021. 

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