Mindfulness in the Workplace
1 in 5 Australian employees has taken time off in the past year due to feeling mentally unwell. Mindfulness meditation is a clinically proven technique that helps staff manage stress, improve productivity and achieve a good work-life balance.
- 7 Modules
- 30 Sessions
It is estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost businesses approximately $11b every year. Research shows that every dollar spent on identifying, supporting and case-managing workers with mental health issues yields close to a 230% return in improved productivity and reduced leave time.
Working alongside the decision makers, the driving forces and the strategists from leading global organisations including IBM, Google, Twitter and BP over the past two years, Smiling Mind is pioneering the mindfulness movement across the world by delivering innovative, engaging online programs and evidence-based wellness tools to improve productivity, drive success, greater happiness and increased resilience.
Mindful awareness is an extremely important business skill. It creates a solid foundation for all other Human Resources and Learning and Development initiatives, from sales training to leadership development. By first teaching teams to manage their attention, all other training is maximised.
It’s a win-win for both employee and employer.
Employers are happy to see:
- reduced sick leave and stress claims
- retention of skilled staff
- a positive work environment
- increased engagement and morale
- a return on investment
At the same time, employees benefit from:
- stress management skills
- clearer and more focused thinking
- increased self esteem
- collaborative and creative teamwork
- reduction in anxiety
Our Workplace Program is designed by psychologists and delivered by facilitators trained in mindfulness and performance. This could be face-to-face or online, and delivered over a period that suits your organisation. We offer a range of practical workshops that cover the importance of mindfulness in the workplace, as well as tailored programs including mindful leadership and its application to your business.
The Workplace Program allows us to offer the free Smiling Mind app to schools and the broader community, and support our vision to have mindfulness meditation on the Australian National Curriculum by 2020.
What businesses are saying
“If someone can become more creative, have higher levels of pattern-recognition, greater confidence, greater motivation, greater focus, greater concentration, less anxiety and less brain fog, obviously they’re going to be more valuable to a company.”
Source: Forbes, 28.6.2016 The Science Is In, and Meditation May be the Next Big Business Opportunity
“We acknowledge that the world of work is more intense than ever. Significant change and complexity being thrown at us, in particular since the global financial crisis – dealing with change and complexity has become the new normal as businesses seek to adapt, survive and thrive. This calls on extra levels of resilience from everyone. Positive psychology in particular mindfulness meditation can support people's resilience levels and assist people to manage the stressful environment we live in”.
PwC, Learning and Development Manager
“I’ve seen quite a few introductions to mindfulness practice and I think this is one of the best and most accessible ones I’ve seen. Lucy’s use of analogies makes it really easy to understand the concepts and benefits of mindfulness. Good job on bringing this into BP.”
What our ambassadors are saying
I have seen the positive impact of regular reflection and mindfulness both in business and in sport and I am very supportive of the Smiling Mind program. If we can start instilling the importance of reflection from a young age I believe young people’s futures will be even brighter.
You can’t underestimate the power of reflection. To freeze-frame life, step back and reassess it. Reflection was the centrepiece of all the programs I ran with The Reach Foundation for over 100,000 young people, and in my own life it helps me keep my head above water. The key, of course, is delivering it to young people in a way that truly connects with them via a medium they’re exposed to everyday. This is why Smiling Mind works.
I have been using meditation and in particular positive creative visualisation in my work since the late 1990s and it's an incredible tool to help people to build new belief systems in the unconscious mind— and to quiet the inner critic. We have an epidemic of anxiety and depression in our chaotic, modern world, and I am so heartened that Smiling Mind exists to make mindfulness accessible to everyone. This is simple, but powerful stuff.
The Smiling Mind App has reached more than 1 million people worldwide.
More than 13,000 education providers use our programs in their classrooms.
- That’s at least 600,000 students experiencing the benefit of our programs every day (based on 60 students per teacher).
- We’ve also provided additional intensive professional development to up-skill more than 4,000 teachers so that they can bring mindfulness into their classrooms.
Our workplace programs are currently being used by more than 200 organisations.
- More than 12,000 employees have started to learn how to use mindfulness meditation to improve their wellbeing and effectiveness at work.
- Our programs significantly reduce stress, with 68% of participants reporting that they feel a greater sense of calm since using the Smiling Mind app.