Operating in fast-paced and hectic workplaces and industries can be tolling on employee morale, focus, creativity, and output – in turn taking a toll on your business’s bottom line.
High stress can cause your team to rush through tasks quickly, focusing more on hastily checking items off of their to-do list, rather than giving tasks the necessary attention required to deliver high-quality work. It also all too often eliminates space for creative thinking, which in turn means your team may resort to autopilot or habitual ways of working and may miss the opportunity to reframe problems and see new possibilities for potential solutions.
As employers continue to seek new and innovative ways to solve these types of challenges, the concept of mindfulness – the practice of utilizing meditation to be aware of and present in the moment – and its benefits in business are growing more prevalent – and for good reason. Research has demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness in the creative process and the practice has been adopted by top companies like Google and Goldman Sachs.
Here are 3 keys ways that mindfulness can be incorporated into your business to stimulate creativity, focus, and output.
1. Create Corporate Mindfulness Programs
If you’re like most employers, you’re constantly on the lookout for team-building activities that employees will actually enjoy, that will impart relevant lessons they actually value and that will result in tangible benefits to your business.
Mindfulness seminars are a great way to bring your team together for a unique and useful learning experience. But more importantly, mindfulness practices can be implemented into everyday life – both at and outside of work – to help reduce stress and boost creativity. Mindfulness can teach your team to consider which habits support efficiency and which habits get in the way of considering something new, as well as how the creative process works and what methods can integrate that process into the workplace.
Your leadership team can also benefit from mindfulness training. Try incorporating a condensed version of your mindfulness seminars into routine leadership training sessions.
2. Encourage “Mindful Moments” With Your Team
There are small things you can do on a daily basis to encourage your team to take a mindful moment. Consider setting up a space or room that can be used for your staff to take a moment to unwind, slow down, incubate and to see with fresh eyes. Even a 5-minute escape can go a long way for your team in allowing themselves to reset and refresh.
Oftentimes, your team is running around from meeting to meeting and task to task without any real time to refocus on what’s next. With that in mind, you can lead off meetings with a short “settling in” period in order to become fully present with the agenda at hand. Encourage your team to take a deep breath and invite them to leave past concerns and future aside until the meeting is over in order to develop an attentive mindset.
3. Offer Mindfulness Resources for Your Team
A full-on seminar doesn’t need to be the only way you provide mindfulness training for your team. There are a ton of different resources you can offer to your staff to help them develop their creativity and mindfulness including webinars, meditation aids, lunch and learns, speaker series and retreats. Encouraging your staff to hone their mindfulness skills and providing them with the skills to do it at their leisure will go a long way towards them incorporating it holistically into their lives and reaping the benefits – both professionally and personally.
While it’s not exactly a traditional tactic to stimulate employee creativity and wellness, simple mindfulness practices can shift employees’ creativity levels and effectively address the complexities of today’s workplaces.