It was posted in 2013 in the Huffington Post and talks about how mindfulness is becoming ‘popularised’ and possibly losing its roots.
What struck me even more was the thought-provoking reference that the corporate world might be adopting it as “cow psychology” – because ‘contented and docile cows give more milk’.
In other words, if employees are happier and more productive the organisations thrives, but isn’t this (without the somewhat sinister undertones) the whole point? What’s wrong with working in a positive environment?
After all, if we’re happier, calmer and more creative, we perform better – and this ripples out and affects not just our working but our home life and relationships too.
So, I am all for companies who are willing to invest in employee wellbeing. Of course it can maximize profits, but it also helps you hold on to your best people, reduces workplace stress and fosters caring and compassionate relationships. It also produces real results!
My approach to meeting and selling to groups of new clients was very different before attending Alison’s presentation. I used some of her suggestions and achieved 130% of my quarterly sales target in the first 2 weeks of the quarter.
I applaud organisations who were early adopters of mindfulness, who could see the potential and cared enough to try something a bit different. It’s no coincidence that they are some of the world’s most forward thinking companies; Google, Apple, Unilever… The kind of companies that many people aspire to work for and who challenge employees to be their best selves.
Should we call for our employers to adopt mindful practices?
Stop for a moment and think of your workplace. What one thing could be improved through mindful practice?
McMindfulness? As for it losing it’s roots – it’s been evolving as a practice for 2,500 years. Of course it’s become ‘popularised’ as it’s become more mainstream, but like every truly valuable practice, it has many layers.
Is presenting a pared-down entry-level option for beginners wrong?
Mindfulness practitioners will quickly see (as I have done over the last 26 years) that it has far more potential than stress reduction.
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