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An HR Guide To Mindfulness At Work

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An HR Guide To Mindfulness At Work

According to a ‘Health at Work’ survey, about 80% of the employees reported being stressed at work and needing help to manage it. An effective solution to this is mindfulness at work. More and more organizations across the globe are now focusing on and promoting mindfulness in their workplaces.

What is Mindfulness?


Simply put, mindfulness is being aware, paying attention to the present moment, and refraining from judging.

Interestingly, this concept has its roots in Buddhist literature and helps in establishing a heightened sense of awareness about oneself and the environment around him.

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From Google to General Mills to NHS; many organizations are preaching and practicing mindfulness at work. 

Harvard School of Business has even included mindfulness principles in its curriculum for the leadership programs.

Therefore, the importance of mindfulness has only grown due to the onset of the COVID-19 19pandemic and the consequent remote working.

What are the Benefits of Mindfulness for Organizations?

Practicing mindfulness provides benefits not only for individual employees but also has a positive impact on the entire workplace. Why mindfulness should be practiced at the workplace:

1. Improves Overall Employee Wellbeing

Organizations are focusing and investing more and more in the well-being of their employees, taking into consideration the increased costs of an unhealthy workforce.

These costs can range from poor productivity, high absenteeism, and even high turnover.

Therefore, organizations are offering mindfulness training to enable employees to respond positively in difficult situations and not become victims of burnout, work stress, and appraisal issues.

2. Reduces Stress Levels

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Mindfulness at work helps in reducing stress, which is a dominant cause of employee disengagement and low productivity.

Hence, to combat this, prominent companies such as Google, Goldman Sachs, Adobe, Mayo Clinic, etc. have launched mindfulness programs that promote employee engagement and stress reduction.

3. Fosters Better Relationships with Coworkers

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The cornerstone for employee happiness is the healthy working relationship among peers. 

Hence, this is particularly important at this time of hybrid working which is full of stress for the employees and their supervisors as well.

4. Improves Learnability and Innovation

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Also, employees can open their minds to absorb new information by taking a break from critical thinking or problem-solving.

Hence, organizations are now offering mandatory leave to avoid employees dealing with excessive stress and a stagnant level of thinking.

How can Organizations Promote Mindfulness?

Here are a few ways how organizations can promote the practice of mindfulness at work:

1. Communicate Effectively  to Build Awareness

2. Conduct Online/ Offline Workshops

3. Identify Champions and Share their Success Stories  

4. Involve the Top Management

5. Bring Changes in the Meeting Culture

An HR Guide to Mindfulness at Work

1. Communicate Effectively  to Build Awareness

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Initially, organizations should run online and offline campaigns to build awareness about practicing mindfulness and communicate its benefits.

Therefore, they should design these campaigns thoughtfully with images, videos, and infographics.  

Digital platforms such as emails, intranet, Teams/ Slack channels, WhatsApp groups, etc. should be used effectively to communicate the importance of mindfulness.

Organizations can supplement this through posters, standees, tent cards, LED displays, etc. to reinforce the message for employees working from the office.

2. Conduct Online/ Offline Workshops

Mindfulness Workshop

Additionally, the organization should enlist the services of experts to train employees in the practice of mindfulness.

Celebrity trainers can also be roped in, if budgets permit, to generate a higher level of interest among the employees.

 The organization should also conduct training sessions virtually through video conferencing platforms for the benefit of those employees who are working from home.

Also, they should record these sessions and make them available on the intranet or the employee wellness portal, if there is one.

Also, the organization should conduct offline sessions for in-office employees with the necessary Covid-related precautions.

3. Identify Champions and Share their Success Stories  

Mindfulness Champion

Employees who show a high level of interest and involvement in the practice of mindfulness should be roped in as champions or ambassadors.

Hence, organizations should encourage them to share their success stories on various digital platforms within the organization.

Therefore, such positive experiences are likely to inspire other employees to start practicing mindfulness as well.

4. Involve the Top Management

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Also, it is best to start at the top by roping in the top management to practice and preach mindfulness.

Mindfulness coaches/ experts can conduct personalized sessions for them.

 The top management should not just practice mindfulness themselves but also promote it within the workforce in every possible forum.

They should share their personal experiences and the benefits that they have received.

5. Bring Changes in the Meeting Culture

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Additionally, meetings can be a great source of stress, anxiety, and restlessness for employees.

Therefore, organizations should aim to increase the productivity of internal meetings by making them shorter, time-bound, agenda-driven, and limited only to participants who can add value to the meeting.

Hence, organizations should ensure that managers and team leaders are trained and coached to manage meetings effectively and turn them into ideal forums to practice mindfulness.


Mindfulness at work is an effective way to create a low-stress, highly productive, and positive work environment. Hence, organizations need to effectively promote its practice among the workforce.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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