Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion into the workplace
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?
Many of us 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 turnover rate, high absenteeism and overall work satisfaction.
We have choices as management and leaders to run our companies with compassion, kindness and empathy. These choices can make the huge difference in a company.
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 about them.
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. Soft skills are impactful. Soft skills are the foundation for Emotional Intelligence 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 we are more social at work and enjoy each other’s company, we have better socialization at work. Socialization is one of the top factors of 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, led by example, decreases 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
Promotes positive relationships which you see within the environment of the workplace. Better relationships, more cooperation and sharing, less workplace bullying and happier employees.
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.
Improved employee retention which boosts the company’s bottom dollar.
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.
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 reduced absenteeism.
Employees in good health and happiness are more productive.
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About Diane Lang…
Therapist, Educator and Life Coach
As a Therapist, Educator and Positive Living Expert, Diane has dedicated her career to helping people turn their lives around and is now on a mission to help them develop a sustainable positive attitude that can actually turn one into an optimist, literally.
Through her three books, “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness”, “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career” and “ Mindfully Happy- waking up to life.” Diane has been speaking and empowering people nationwide. She is also an Adjunct in Psychology at Montclair State University, where her college work includes mentoring students for personal issue advisement.
As an expert in her fields of therapy, Lang has been featured in the Daily Record, Family Circle, Family Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and Cookie Magazine, seen on NJ 12 TV, Good day CT, Style CT, The Veira Network, CBS TV and “Fox & Friends”. She has also participated in a reality based Internet show, ourprisoner.com, hosted Generation X-tinet. For more information please visit: http://www.dlcounseling.com or email DLCounseling2014@gmail.com