Mind Awareness for SMEs

In individuals as well as businesses, transformational change only happens from the inside out.

If we want to create true lasting change, the place to start is the mind.

Training the mind means we are better able to think with clarity, cope with stress, focus our attention, build resilience and develop emotional intelligence – what could be better investments of your time, energy and resources?

Every day in many workplaces, time, money and productivity are wasted due to overwhelmed, unfocused and tired teams.

The Facts

The good news is that the world is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues. However, mental health issues are the number one cause of sickness absence in the UK. Around half of all long-term sick leave in the UK is due to stress, depression and anxiety and worryingly, 95% of employees who call in sick with stress give a different reason.

A 2017 poll by the charity Time to Change found workers would rather talk to colleagues about sex or money worries than a mental health problem. This indicates that there is still widespread stigma around the topic of mental health.

Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.  Staff turnover, sickness and lost productivity resulting from poor mental health cost UK employers £42bn in 2017. This reinforces the fact that, in addition to the moral argument for looking after employees’ wellbeing, employers also have a strong financial incentive for doing so.

Mental health programmes can generate a return on investment of up to 800%.  Not only can workplace wellbeing programmes reduce stress, anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression once they occur, but they can also act as a preventative measure. In fact, every £1 spent can yield a return on investment of up to £9 for employers.

On the positive side, many employers are taking proactive steps to improve their employees’ wellbeing. The Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards highlights some of the positive steps taken by organisations in the area of mental health.

See what Mindful.org, the independent mindfulness information website says about mindfulness at work.

Mindfulness is packing a punch in business!

Mind Awareness and Mindfulness has grown exponentially over the past decade, it has been implemented in many different sectors, including schools, hospitals, corporations, and government.

Many of the world’s most respected and renowned companies have already adopted mindfulness in the workplace. Google, Apple, The Huffington Post, Oxford and Harvard Universities are using mindfulness training as is the NHS, The US Marines and many more organisations.

A large body of compelling evidence now demonstrates conclusively that training in mindfulness leads to:

  • Improved productivity
  • Less absenteeism
  • Improved health and lower stress levels
  • Increased focus and energy
  • Boosted creativity and innovation
  • Improved leadership and workplace ‘culture’ due to increased emotional intelligence
  • Less workplace conflict and improved conflict resolution

Our Mind Awareness workshops and in-house training

The NeuroHeadway Mind Awareness workshops equip your team with self-awareness skills and knowledge combined with a little ‘time out’ with the intention that everyone will leave feeling inspired, refreshed, relaxed and empowered with tools and powerful new insights to take back into daily life in the workplace.

Our mindfulness in the workplace workshops are available for up to 12 participants:

  • Taste of Mindfulness – 2 hours workshop at your premises
  • Away Day in the office – 1 day workshop at your premises
  • An ‘Offsite Retreat’ – 1 day programme based at a local hotel
  • An 8 week programme – I hour per week delivered on your premises

Your team will learn

  • How to practice meditation and how to apply mindfulness in the workplace including in their relationship to technology and sustaining energy levels (avoiding burnout)
  • How to apply mindful communication and deep listening for better collaboration and teamwork
  • The neuroscience of mindfulness
  • Ways to make more mindful decisions
  • How to become less emotionally reactive and handle stress more effectively
  • How to have difficult conversations – with skill
  • Techniques to become more focussed and efficient
  • Techniques to promote efficiency and focus on what matters most

Our workshops and programmes are delivered by accredited and experienced Mindfulness teacher practitioners.  Contact us to find out more and to indicate your aspirations.

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