There is a growing body of evidence of the impact of mindfulness-based interventions in the workplace gleaned from research using randomized control trials; in their 2015 Report ‘Mindful Nation UK’, the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) stated that
'Even brief periods of mindfulness practice can lead to objectively measured higher cognitive skills such as improved reaction times, comprehension scores, working memory functioning and decision-making.'(MAPPG, 2015,p.42)
In their report of October 2016, The Mindfulness Initiative again recognised positive links between mindfulness practice and the workplace, stating
'A recent review of the scientific literature concludes that mindfulness is fundamentally connected to many aspects of workplace functioning, and associates training with improvement in three key areas: Wellbeing, Relationships and Performance'
(The Mindfulness Initiative, 2016, p.9)
The WorkplaceMT course (workplace mindfulness training)is an evidence informed secular mindfulness course specifically designed as a workplace training model as opposed to a clinical one; pioneered by The Mindfulness Exchange.
A typical example of a WorkplaceMT course from Now Mindfulness would be a 6 week course of hourly sessions preceeded by a taster session and delivered to between 10-30 participants.
Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG). 2015. Mindful Nation UK. [Accessed 24 November 2016] [Online] Available from: http://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/
The Mindfulness Initiative. 2016. Building the Case for Mindfulnes in the Workplace. [Accessed 24 November 2016] [Online] Available from: http://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/
Many people spend as much as a third of their lifetime at work, yet research reveals that on average these times are the least happy of our lives. Work-related stress can account for reduced productivity and increased absenteeism.
Measures that promote effective working and reduce any negative impact of work on individuals and organisations will be of interest to employees and employers alike.