Why meditate in the office?
25 October 2016 | beando_admin
Our best businesses are realising there are just two things that need managing, nurturing and promoting in order to stay ahead in the 21st Century – staff wellbeing and their creative abilities.
In reality they are the same thing. All good businesses start with the individual. Get that right and it works- get it wrong and the bottom line will suffer.
Creativity is the most precious resource for the 21st century and there is only place on planet earth it can be sourced from – You and Me.
That’s where inspiration, imagination and innovation can be found. And it is, if we want it to be, a constantly flowing and sustainable resource – but it’s all down to how we manage, direct and apply it.
The biggest block to that flow is workplace stress. It will, if you let it:
- – Block creativity, inspiration, and mental clarity
- – Impact on relationships with others, which in turn strains collaboration
- – Will waste energy, cause tiredness reducing inspiration, and innovation
- – Cause anxiety, worry and fear of ‘what it’, situations which make teamwork difficult
- – Cause your people to doubt their talents and abilities leading reduced passion and drive
Stress and creativity do not mix. But in the right proportions we can use creativity to reduce stress and as stress reduces creativity flows.
It’s a win-win.
There is a huge amount of peer reviewed research now connecting meditation practice with improved workplace outputs. Meditation is a process. It’s a discipline. It’s not a goal. It works directly on the individual but its impact in the workplace is cumulative. It spreads out into every aspect of the workplace.
Meditation is personal empowerment to thrive. People intuitively know who they are and what they want to do. It’s the same with business.
Meditation is chance to align the two so that everyone thrives.
And so learning this process is no different from any other work life skills, like reading or talking. Similarly, think about the investment you make in training. This is just another training which requires no special equipment. Just people. That’s it.
How do you bring meditation into your workplace?
- Make a commitment. Decide to work with everyone in your organization and get them empowered. Work with your leaders too. The benefits of regular Meditation practice ripples outwards in all directions.
- Make the time. Ensure that the working day is set up for moments of stillness, relaxation and meditation. Make sure people feel they have the time to just be. The dividends from these little moments will build up to something huge.
- Make the space – set aside a quiet space at your workplace for people to use. It doesn’t need to be anything special just undisturbed with a few chairs, fresh air and daylight. Keep it simple.
- Make it real. This is not business as usual because in the end the unusual business end up at deadend. It serves to inspire no one in the end. This is an opportunity to grow and change for the inside out.
- Make it special. It’s not just something nice to have or do. This is new business thinking and important to you as new suite of computers. Your best people will want this. Future talent will expect it. Help them to thrive which is just what you want them to do.