What do Google, eBay, Intel and General Mills have in common? Besides being successful international companies, they all value and promote mindfulness in the workplace.

Mindfulness has become a popular practice over the last decade, helping individuals to focus, be intentional and be present. Many businesses have been turning to mindfulness practices to encourage employee health and well-being beyond diet and exercise. Ellen Langer, a Harvard social psychologist, defines mindfulness as the process of actively noticing new things. It is the essence of engagement, putting individuals in the present and making them sensitive to context and perspective.

Mindfulness offers several benefits, including:

• Providing opportunities to reflect on personal and professional development
• Helping employees embrace criticism and make improvements for next time
• Developing better listening and interpersonal skills
• Building self-confidence in leaders
• Improving employee focus

Research has shown that mindfulness is not just “cuddly nonsense”, but instead a strategy for better collaboration and problem solving among team members. By encouraging stress-reduction programs, like a brief meditation break, businesses can foster a focused, creative and productive workforce.

Are you looking for a program to help you develop mindfulness at work? Members of the Wellness Council of Indiana have exclusive access to an online resource center that features helpful turnkey programs such as “On the Quest to Stress Less.” In addition, you can share these quick, guided meditations with employees and peers to calm, strengthen, and focus attention and intention.

Join us at the 2017 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit on October 3-4 to learn how mindfulness can make a difference in your workforce and how to incorporate it into your wellness initiatives. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. We hope to see you there! For more information on this topic or other workplace wellness matters, contact the Wellness Council of Indiana at (317) 264-2168.