Workplace mindfulness

Some of the highest performing workplaces such as Google, National Australia Bank and Monash University have introduced mindfulness skills to their workforce to build resilience, focus and stress management.

 Employers who recognise that workplaces can be places of wellbeing and contribution as well as business productivity will reap the rewards of an engaged and vibrant workforce well into the 21st century.

According to research by Harvard University, people on average spend 47% of their waking hours with a wandering mind, consequently impacting on productivity, effectiveness and safety.

 Workplace mindfulness programs have been shown to increase workplace productivity and satisfaction, and improve employee engagement and performance. These programs are used widely to address both existing workplace mental health issues and build resilience and wellbeing among the broader staff group. Because my programs are applicable to both clinical and non-clinical populations, it is an effective intervention to address workplace mental health without the surrounding stigma.

 The programs I have developed are founded on thoroughly researched, evidence-based interventions. These programs can be tailored to meet the particular needs of your organisation.

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One hour session

Perfect for lunch hours or breakfast meetings, this one hour session provides an introduction to the core concepts of mindfulness. I briefly explain the neuroscientific and psychological benefits of mindfulness and the natural stress-response of a normal healthy brain which helps to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health. I also introduce ways participants can develop a daily mindfulness practice. We conclude the workshop with an experiential exercise they can apply at home or even during your daily commute, before finishing up with a brief Q&A.

 Workshop participants will receive a copy of my e-book Turning Toward What Matters: An introduction to mindfulness and downloadable MP3 guided meditations.

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Half day workshop

This half-day workshop delivers an introduction to mindfulness and how it applies in an organisational context. Throughout the workshop, I will teach various experiential exercises that participants can apply at home. I explain the neuroscientific and psychological benefits of a mindfulness practice including the difference between formal and informal mindfulness. Participants will learn how to integrate these strategies into daily life, including techniques that allow them to be more present in relationships, work mindfully with their thoughts and emotions and reduce unhelpful behaviours.

 Workshop participants will receive a copy of my e-book Turning Toward What Matters: An introduction to mindfulness and downloadable MP3 guided meditations.

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Five week course

This five-week course for managers introduces participants to the foundations of mindfulness and how it applies in an organisational context.

 During the five 90-minute sessions, evidence-based research is presented, particularly as it relates to the workplace. Participants will learn how to regulate their own state of mind using mindful awareness of their body, breath, thoughts and emotions.

 Each week a new experiential exercise will be introduced as we continue to build on the participants’ skill set. I introduce the concept of relational mindfulness and how to integrate these skills within a work environment. For example, participants will learn how to apply the techniques in circumstances involving difficult clients, colleagues or staff members.

 We also discuss what is realistic for a home based practice and how to obtain the best results. It is expected that participants taking this course will have the capacity to be practising the skills and exercises six days a week (either at home or at work) as this is a necessary requirement for skill development and discussion each week.

 The course will commence after an initial phone consultation with email and telephone support provided throughout the course.

 Workshop participants will also receive a copy of my e-book Turning Toward What Matters: An introduction to mindfulness and downloadable MP3 guided meditations.

Minimum 10 people required to run course