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Mindfulness at Work

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Stress is an inevitable byproduct of life, which has far-reaching effects on individuals and organizations. In the workplace, stress is implicated in:

  • Employee absenteeism
  • Accidents and injuries
  • A wide variety of employee health problems, including cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, depression and anxiety disorders

How Mindfulness at Work Can Help

These effects of stress are expensive in the workplace, resulting in decreased productivity, lowered morale and higher medical costs. Mindfulness at Work can help to reduce the negative effects of stress and institute healthy changes in the workforce, including:

  • Enhanced performance
  • Improved concentration
  • Strengthened problem-solving abilities
  • Decreased stress-related illness and improved morale

Customized Programs to Fit Your Work Schedule

Programs are customized and offered at workplace sites in a variety of formats to fit into your schedule:

People are much more successful and fulfilled both personally and professionally if they can manage their stress, be responsive rather than reactive, communicate effectively and show compassion to themselves and others. Mindfulness training has been proven to help people build these resources. For this reason, cutting edge companies, such as Apple, Google, Yahoo, and General Mills have already been successfully adopting Mindfulness programs to enhance the well-being and productivity of their employees.

Mindfulness is about paying attention to, and seeing clearly what is happening in the present moment. Being present, rather than being lost in memories of the past or overwhelmed by worries about the future. It is a simple meditative practice that strengthens one's ability to stay focused on what is happening, to be open to experience and to make wise choices.

In this workshop participants will learn:

  • The effects of workplace stress
  • The benefits of mindfulness in the workplace
  • A variety of mindfulness meditation practices
  • Applications of mindfulness in daily living

Number of Participants: Unlimited

The duration of the workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization (e.g. one hour, two hours, half day, full day).

Mindfulness at Work is a multi-session program that will help employees to bring greater focus, ease and balance into their work by teaching them how to manage their attention more effectively. The duration of the program can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.*

Through mindfulness training, one can lessen the pull of internal distractions (worrying, ruminating) and external distractions, and bring full attention and energy to what he or she is doing in the present moment.

During the program, employees will learn key mindfulness practices taught in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction including breath and body awareness practices, mindful movement, mindful communication, as well as mindful practices to work skillfully with negative thought patterns and emotional reactivity. Simple techniques will be taught to use on the spot to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and to enhance focus and clarity. In addition to meeting in class, participants will be asked to practice the techniques in between sessions for 10 – 20 minutes daily using guided audio recordings.

Maximum number of participants: 25

*Duration of the program - the mindfulness sessions can be weekly or bi-weekly and the length of the program can range from three to eight sessions. The duration of each session can range from thirty to ninety minutes.

Learn More or to Schedule a Class

Contact Diane Reibel, Director of the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness, at 215-955-1376 or MBSR@jefferson.edu.