Workplace & Leadership
Mindfulness can help staff and leaders in your organisation manage stress. It also opens up ways to work more creatively, reflectively and harmoniously. That supports innovation, effectiveness and cohesion
Mindfulness teaches the skill of working with the mind. That helps people keep healthy, even when things are stressful. It helps them work more effectively and benefits the whole organisation.
Research shows that learning mindfulness skills brings many benefits:
- Enhanced focus and attention
- Increased self-awareness and increased mindfulness of others
- Increased ability to handle stressful situations
- Greater cognitive effectiveness and capacity for decision making
- Stronger sense of purpose
- Increased creativity
The Business Case
A new report from The Mindfulness Initiative, produced with help from leading employers such as Ernst & Young and The Cabinet Office makes a powerful business case for mindfulness in the workplace. It lays out the research that shows benefits to wellbeing and resilience, relationships, performance and leadership and outlines the options for implementing a mindfulness programme in your organisation.
Read more about the benefits of mindfulness for business leaders in The Harvard Business Review.
Learnig skills to help staff manage stress and perform better. We offer:
Tasters of 30 – 90 minutes., depending on your needs. We’ll introduce mindfulness, practice meditation and leave participants with a simple practice to apply in daily life. We also offer a drop-in format of one or more 30 minute sessions.
Mornings/Days/Two-Day Events A chance for staff to step out of their working environment, unwind, and learn new skills and insights into their expoerience.
Courses A thorough introduction to mindfulness and meditation aimed at people with busy lives who want to operate differently at home and work. The optimum length is 8 sessions lasting 1.5 hours each, though we can also offer it in 4 and 6 week versions and with variable session lengths.
This course teaches mindfulness skills that can help leaders in the meet the challenges of the modern workplace.
- Finding space and clarity in the face of multiple demands.
- Decision-making with awareness.
- Mindful Communication
- Establishing a mindfulness practice
Day/Two-Day Events An excellent way for your leadership team to explore their challenges together
Courses Mindful Leadership courses integrate leadership skills with a course structure based on Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Prof. Mark Williams and Danny Penman. The optimum length of a course is 8 sessions lasting 1.5 hours each, though we can also offer it in 4- and 6- week versions and with variable session times.
We work with organisations on specialised programmes, integrating our expertise with that of specialists where necessary. If you’re interested, lets talk.
- Whole Service Programmes for staff and service users (we are developing a model for this with Wales Probation Service)
- Mindful Organisation Programmes for organisational transformation
Stress Awareness Days
These days are aimed at managers who are responsible for staff but not trained in wellbeing. They will learn to identify when they are experiencing stress and take effective steps to address it and identify problematic levels of stress in staff members and have clarity about what actions to take. We do this by:
- Looking at the nature of stress, indicators that stress is becoming a problem for a staff member and strategies for addressing it.
- Identifying attitudes and approaches that foster or discourage stress, including mindfulness and meditation.
Skills in interpersonal awareness and communication are intrinsic to the theme of the workshop; so we ask participants to share personal experiences and reflections.
What We Offer
We offer coaching, tasters and courses and bespoke programmes, tailored to your needs in either English or Welsh. Our experience in working with a range of organisations helps us tailor mindfulness to the needs of individual organisations, whatever their size. Contact us to explore how we can work with you to bring mindfulness to your workplace.
Every organisation is different and mindfulness training in the workplace can meet many needs, so the training we offer is flexible. If you would like to explore how this might work for you, please Contact Us
Said Business School: teaching on the UK Civil Service Major Project Leadership Academy
Cardiff Business School: teaching on Executive Education Programme
London Business School: Teaching on the AT Kearney Programme
Probation Wales/National Offender Management Service: pioneering programme for Offender Managers & offenders in the community
Aspiration Training Lid
Welsh Assembly Commission
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
Royal Glamorgan Hospital; Venire Cancer Centre; Heath Hospital: training for cancer staff (with Breathworks)
Tactcare Adoption Service
South Wales Adult Learning Difficulties Directorate
Cardiff & Vale Primary Care Counselling Service
Powys Public Services (Powys Council, Welsh Ambulance Service, Dyfed Powys Police), in collaboration with Trinity St Davids
… and many more
VishvapaniVishvapani is the Director of Mindfulness in Action. He has led over 70 mindfulness courses and has worked with leading business schools and organisations in innovative programmes that integrate mindfulness in organisational change. He is an engaging speaker, with wide experience as a writer and broadcaster. Vishvapani is Workforce Development Fellow at the University of Wales, Trinity St Davids and an Associate of Breathworks Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Initiative and the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group.
Heather is a Work-based Learning Fellow at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David where she has founded the Mindfulness in the Workplace Programme. Heather teaches the MBSR programme independently in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, and is also a writer and performance poet.