Tracey Cramond

Mindfulness Trainer & Yoga Teacher

Mindfulness is already well known for being effective in reducing stress and increasing wellbeing. But what about its value in productivity, resilience and performance in a corporate environment?

A wide range of recent studies have cited the specific business benefits of mindfulness within organisations, including:

  • Reduced costs of staff absenteeism and turnover
  • Improved concentration, memory and learning ability
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhanced employer/employee and client relationships
  • Enhanced employee job satisfaction

People who practice mindfulness at work report an improved ability to communicate clearly and more appropriate reactions to stressful situations. They also report a better ability to handle workplace conflict, improved teamwork, a better ability to “think out of the box” and enhanced creativity.

There are some preliminary research findings as well as anecdotal evidence that mindfulness can have a promising impact on improved decision-making, empathy and more collaborative working relationships, as well as helping with anxiety and stress.

Building the case for Mindfulness in the Workplace – Oct 2016

An increasing number of companies are using mindfulness to address tension in the workplace. Increasingly overstretched and overburdened employees are using mindfulness to improve the quality of their lives. Many companies are offering on-site classes, partly due to compelling findings at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Massachusetts, and the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University that mindfulness enhances the qualities companies need; such as increased brain-wave activity, enhanced intuition and better concentration.

What I offer

I offer a range of mindfulness corporate programmes:

  • company taster sessions lasting up to 90 minutes (shorter for lunch breaks)
  • individual coaching for coping with stress, change, or conflict
  • an introductory 3 week course (3 x 2 hour sessions)
  • 6 or 8 week programme (2 hour sessions)
  • focused half day workshops including: – Mindful teamwork; Integrating our values, vision and mission; and Mindful communication
One-off taster session
Corporate MindfulnessThese sessions can vary in length to suit your time frame. They can be delivered 1:1 or to smaller or larger groups.

Introducing you to the concept of mindfulness and a taste of the scientific research that supports its effectiveness. As mindfulness is all about experiencing, I will introduce you to some practical exercises which can be used during the working day.

8 Week Course - Mindfulness in the workplace
Corporate MindfulnessThis eight week programme is based on both the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre and the eight week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale, which is endorsed by current academic approaches at Bangor, Oxford and Exeter universities.

The content includes the following:

  • developing calm and awareness in the present moment, through breathing, movement and walking meditations
  • learning to tune into the body as a way to directly experience feelings and emotions
  • recognising our habits and patterns of reaction to stress and difficulties
  • seeing that our thoughts have no real substance, and finding ways to let go of them
  • learning to be compassionate to ourselves and others

Research

Mindfulness training has become one of the hottest topics in the scientific field. The fact that more than 2500 research projects have been conducted on mindfulness training over the last 15 years speaks for itself. Scientists want to understand why mindfulness has such a beneficial impact on most of the problems we experience in relation to both body and mind.

The participants who took part in a mindfulness programme carried out at Transport for London, days off sick due to stress, anxiety and depression fell by 70% and absences for all health conditions fell by 50%. See case study here.