Mindfulness is a buzz word these days, but what is it and how can it be beneficial in the workplace?

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware or present. In today’s society, we are often praised for how much we do and how busy we are. However it’s imperative that we have a few moments every day to stop and reflect.

Being continually busy may seem efficient, but work overload is real. In the long-term, employees that feel cared about and can take time for themselves will be happier, healthier and more motivated to produce quality work.

Not only can mindfulness help your bottom line, but it may help decrease your healthcare costs as well. Mindfulness has many mental and physical benefits such as lower blood pressure, decreased anxiety, improved immune system and boosted energy.

Want to start incorporating mindfulness into your office culture? Check out these tips to get started:

  • Hang positive messages around the office about the importance of self-care.

  • Send out weekly e-mails to encourage employees to take a minute of reflection to think about the week. Try sending it on a Monday to prepare for the week ahead or on a Friday to reflect on how the week went.

  • Start weekly, monthly or quarterly meditation classes.

  • Encourage employees to eat lunch away from their desks to change the scenery and take a break.

  • Incorporate deep breathing at the beginning or end of a staff meeting.

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Katy Tombaugh