Bringing Mindfulness And Compassion To The Workforce:
By: Diane Lang
What is mindfulness? It is the state of being conscious, self- aware and in the moment.
Imagine, if our employees and management team were working in their conscious mind?
Remember, we spend 95% of our time in our subconscious mind – this is when we work on autopilot. When we are not even aware of our thoughts and actions.
When we become more conscious and in the present we are more creative, productive and happy. We find a sense of peace and calm. If we were operating through our conscious mind, our lives would run more smoothly.

Why compassion in the workplace?  If we all could show a little more concern for others, be of help/service to others we could make the workplace a place of love instead of fear.
When we go to work from a place of fear – a fear of being fired, fear of being constantly criticized, stressed out or not fitting in, we don’t do our job. Our creativity is covered by fear, our motivation is covered by fear and what you get is a workplace that runs on fear and it shows by the high turnover rate, high absenteeism and overall lack of work satisfaction.

We have choices as management and leaders to run our companies with compassion, kindness and empathy. These choices can make a huge difference in a company.

Six Ways To Bring Mindfulness And Compassion Into The Workplace:

1. Show every employee kindness through caring and respect. How? Show your kindness. Say Hi to each employee using their name. Ask how they are and mean it.
* Find out what each employees interests are, ask about their family and ask how they are doing.
2. Teach each manager that emotions such as empathy,kindness, respect, caring, etc are signs of strength not weakness. Let’s change our thought process on kindness. A soft skill doesn’t mean it’s a sign of weakness instead these soft skills will bring up your rates of productivity and creativity in the workplace. Does that sound like a sign of weakness in an organization?
3. With empathy and compassion comes cooperation and working together. These types of emotions allow people to have better interpersonal skills and work better in groups. When were more social at work and enjoy each other’s company, we have better socialization at work. Socialization is the #1 factor in happiness. Do I need to say more?
Happy Employees= Happy Companies.
4. A compassionate, kind leader will communicate openly and honestly with their employees. Their constructive criticism comes from a place of love and learning.
5. A compassionate, caring leader express their own emotions, lead by example, decrease judgment and criticism of others.
6. A compassionate and mindful leader will share constructive criticism with their employees but will also go over all the good the employee has added to their company.

The Benefits Of Mindfulness And Compassion:

1. Promotes positive relationships which you see within the environment of the workplace. Better relationships, more cooperation and sharing, less workplace bullying and happier employees.
2. Moods and emotions are contagious – we catch the emotions of our leaders. When our leaders/bosses are kind, caring, compassionate, etc then our employees will follow suit.
3. Improved employee retention which boosts the company’s bottom dollar.
4. Decreased stress from the socialization of the employees. When employees are encouraged to develop good relationships and have conversations with their fellow employees, they decrease stress which equals less burnout and more productivity.
5. There are also health benefits of good relationships at work. Employees who develop good friendships at work have lower blood pressure, decreased heart rate, a boost in their immune systems and reduce absenteeism. Employees in good health and happiness are more productive.

OCTOBER 2016:
Wednesday, October 5, 7pm – Living a Mindful Life
Ramsey Adult School, NJ
Phone: 201-327-2025
Thursday, October 6, 7pm – Positive Psychology – Free Workshop
Mendham Township Public Library, NJ
Phone: 973-809-7432
Saturday, October 8, 1pm – Positive Psychology
The Academi of Life, NYC
Phone: 212-333-3950
Wednesday, October 13, 7pm – Positive Psychology
Union County College, NJ
Phone: 908-709-7601
Monday, October 17, 7pm – Follow Your Passions
Montclair Adult School, NJ
Phone : 973-744-0400 ext 2224
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About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang is a Therapist, educator, author and life coach. Diane has two books: Baby steps the path from motherhood to Career and Creating balance & finding happiness. Diane works as a Therapist and also is an adjunct at Montclair State University. This blog will help educate and empower you to live your best life! For more information please visit her website: www.dlcounseling.com
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