Are You a Mindful Employee?

August 18, 2015

Career Advice

8633086232_a7b2552d60_z“I’m mindful,” you say. “I’m mindful of myself and making sure I’m getting to work on time, doing all that I can to be productive, and getting home in time to say hello to my family, shove down a quick few bites of lukewarm dinner, watch 30 minutes of news and fall into bed exhausted.” Hmmm. Today’s version of the word “mindful” has a new spin.

Webster defines mindfulness as, 1) the quality or state of being mindful and 2) the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.

Bill George, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School makes the connection between leaders and mindfulness. He says in a Huffington Post article that “the key to effective leadership is the ability to integrate your head (IQ) with your heart (EQ).” He goes on to say that “mindful leaders exhibit big levels of self-awareness and intentionality in their actions.” George has been practicing mindfulness through meditation since 1975.

Businesses are listening and taking heed to what employees have said and shown for many, many years—they are tired and scattered. Today’s world of constant incoming messages thanks to technology making us constantly accessible has only made things more chaotic. Finally employers are incorporating and encouraging different types of activities into their workdays and benefits that are posed to help employees center themselves and make more “mindful” decisions.

For instance, yoga and meditation are being offered by some companies to help their employees reduce stress and ultimately make better decisions in the workplace. There are other activities as well that can help you improve your mindfulness:

  • journaling
  • deep breathing
  • listening to music
  • art like painting, drawing, or creating
  • cleaning your house (really!)

Mindfulness activities should be practiced daily to have the ultimate affect of allowing us to connect with our inner self and move through the day with less stress. It’s no secret that some things will get dropped to the bottom of your list. Our lists are so long these days that we can’t realistically get to everything. But why not take 20 minutes out of your day and practice an activity that will help you to worry less and be more thoughtful in your life? George quotes Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, “The longest journey you will ever take is the eighteen inches from your head to your heart.”

Image Source: idiva.com/Flickr. 

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