We here at The Daily Meditation often help companies to introduce mindfulness and meditation practices at work, and we’ve seen how beneficial this can be. Indeed, our unique approach to corporate meditation could very well be the solution to one of society’s biggest problems: Stressed employees.
It’s a well-known fact that stress is one of the top five killers, and workplace stress is the most common form of stress. Thankfully, there is a solution: implementing corporate mindfulness classes at your office. Just imagine if all your colleagues and your boss were Zen!
Business meditation sessions can reduce stress at work while simultaneously improving productivity. No wonder companies like Apple, Procter & Gamble, and Google have all launched their own mindfulness programs for their employees.
Sadly, for many companies, it can be a challenge to incorporate a mindfulness program. Time and budget constraints can make it seem impossible. While you are eager to support the wellness of your team, the reality of a neverending workload can make it seem all but impossible. But don’t threat, because I’m about to show you how you too can launch your very own mindfulness program that is economical and convenient while also being highly effective. Both your bottom line and your staff will be grateful.
5 Steps To Bringing Meditation To Your Workplace
1) Start with the motivation
There’s a very good chance that you yourself are not the sole individual who could greenlight a program for your company. You will probably have to get other members of your workforce onboard first. And some of your colleagues will not be as enthusiastic about meditation as you are. That means that you have to persuade them, just like you were negotiating a sale.
To get colleagues to sign-on for a program, you need to focus on things the whole company cares about.
Write a list of your company’s priorities. For instance, reducing stress, reducing employee turnover, reducing sick days, and increasing productivity.
Now, consider how a program would help with all those things. Present that information to the decision-makers. I’ve seen from firsthand experience that once a team sees the benefits of meditation lais out in front of them, they suddenly become a lot more enthusiastic.
2) Make key decisions
At some point, you will need to make key decisions about the meditation program. Some questions to ask are:
- Who will be ultimately responsible for the program?
- How much of the budget will you allocate to the program?
- How much time per week / month can you dedicate to the program? Bear in mind that employees will need to temporarily pause their work in order to attend the meditation sessions.
- How frequently will sessions take place?
- Where will the sessions take place?
- For large organisations, how many employees can be in a session at the same time?
3) Book your session
Now it’s time to contact your meditation teacher and book your session.
4) Setting up the session
Depending on the size of the group, setting up your workplace meditation session could take some time.
Once you have decided on a day and time for your session, and booked the session with the facilitator, it’s time to send out notifications to employees, beginning with executives.
You’ll want to give participants plenty of time to prepare. So, notify them at least a few days in advance. Then, on the day of the session, send out a reminder one hour before the session.
Naturally, if this is an online program, you will need a computer, webcam, and internet connection. Most of the companies I work with place one single large screen at the head of a conference table so all attendees are viewing the same screen.
5) What are the goals and measurables of the program?
Naturally, as a unique business, you might have unique goals. And if that is the case, we will create a custom program that is perfect for your needs.
Some of the common goals we see in the organizations we work with are:
- Improve the mental health of employees, including by reducing stress and anxiety.
- Provide employees with the tools they need to stay calm and focused at work.
- Teach employees to quieten their minds and develop concentration, leading to increased productivity
- Improve workplace communication and reduce conflicts
- Boost staff morale and reduce turnover rates
- Do take a note of what mindfulness can and cannot help with.
6) Getting feedback and measuring ROI
The stakeholders and decision-makers at your company will want to see a return on investment for your program. And in truth, it can be a challenge to measure the ROI of a mental health program.
In the short term, you will want to use questionnaires to assess the wellness of the team before and after the meditation sessions. In the long run, you can also measure changes in sick days and turnover rates.
When you participate in a program with THE DAILY MEDITATION, we provide you with free questionnaires to help you measure the results of the program.
And that’s it!
You see, a mindfulness program is an easy and affordable way to reduce staff stress, increase productivity, and get the best results for both the company and its employees.
7) Editing and improving
We here at THE DAILY MEDITATION have engineered a specific way to measure the efficacy of the program and, where necessary, to edit the program to enhance the results.
We will work with your Human Resources department to monitor your team so that we can guarantee meaningful results from the program. We offer custom surveys and feedback tools so that you can get insight from the people who matter the most: your employees.
Sounds great. How do we start?
The best way to start is to get in touch with us either via our contact page (refer to the footer) or request a quote on our corporate meditation classes.
Together, we can schedule a one-hour Intro To Meditation session.
In the Intro To Meditation session, you and your team will learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation. You will also experience 2 types of meditation: mindful breathing and Body Scan. Here, you will get to experience the wonderous benefits and you will realise how advantageous it can be for your company and employees.
And after that?
After the first meditation at your workplace, we recommend that you survey your team and ask how they found the session. Specifically, ask whether they feel better equipped to handle the stresses and challenges at work.
We find that the vast majority of employees feel better equipped after the meditation session. And their answers will give you the confidence you need to commit to the full program.
Once you are happy to go ahead with your corporate meditation program, we will schedule a time to chat so that we can customise the perfect corporate meditation program for your company.
Ready to get started? Contact us today.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison