Mindfulness in the Workplace
“Ruth’s ways of explaining Mindfulness – both as a concept and as a practice - made it feel straightforward and very achievable, which was really quite inspiring.”
Organisations Calm City Mind has worked with include...
Why offer mindfulness in your workplace?
The Stevenson Farmer Review on mental health & employers published in October 2017 highlighted that:
- The annual cost of poor mental health to employers is between £33 billion and £42 billion
- Over half of that cost relates to "presenteeism" – when individuals are less productive while at work due to poor mental health
- While the overall rate of sickness absence has fallen by 15%-20% since 2009, absence for mental health reasons in this period has actually risen by around 5% over the same period.
Calm City Mind enjoys working with businesses who place a value on having a happy, healthy workplace and support employees with their mental health. That is right from an employment perspective, and it also makes total business sense, resulting in a workforce which is committed, flexible and loyal.
Businesses we work with have introduced mindfulness to their staff for a number of reasons, including:
- collaborative working
- ensuring better communication with colleagues
- managing and processing change
- increased ability to focus and concentrate
- proactive management of stress
- skills to enhance and promote well-being.
Why Calm City Mind?
- have provided mindfulness training to over 500 employees in the UK
- will only offer a teacher registered on the UK Mindfulness Network
- offer, through Ruth, a teacher who still works in a busy corporate environment and has done for >10 years
- have had 100% feedback ratings of good or above (with >90% sessions rated either very good or excellent).
“Ruth educated, inspired and calmed the minds of lawyers and staff from Leigh Day’s employment department as part of their away-day in 2018. As well as explaining the professional benefits of mindfulness in the workplace Ruth also offered all 70 attendees the chance to participate in short mindfulness practice sessions so they could experience the benefits of her knowledge for themselves.“
— Chris Benson, Employment Partner, Leigh Day
Ruth delivered two taster sessions for staff at Centrepoint, as part of our organisation’s Wellbeing Week. Ruth calmly guided the groups through mindfulness exercises, whilst providing context for the techniques. Ruth’s gentle and friendly approach ensured that everybody felt comfortable and at ease...her passion for the practice is inspiring.”
— Ella Munns, Centrepoint (UK's leading charity for homeless young people).
— Introductory workshop participant, Central England Cooperative.
“Arranging the classes with Ruth was really easy. She offered plenty of flexibility in terms of the type of classes and courses we could do. It was also great to have her advice on what type of course to put on - as someone new to mindfulness I wouldn’t have known which options would have worked best for the team.”
— Clare, SABMiller plc
“Ruth’s presentation was hugely insightful and interesting”
— Allie, attendee at HR breakfast seminar
“Great speaker; pace, clarity and content!”
— Genevieve Bradbury, Vie Talent Ltd, attendee at HR breakfast seminar
“Ruth’s teaching is a great combination of evidence-based practicality, with a very gentle, unrushed and reassuring approach. Her ways of explaining Mindfulness – both as a concept and as a practice - made it feel straightforward and very achievable, which was really quite inspiring.
After just one session I began to feel that lasting change to the way I deal with stress is possible, and hope in the future to have the opportunity of taking further Mindfulness courses run by Ruth. ”
— Eilidh Strang, Owner, Silk Purse, Sow's Ear
“It was amazing the difference just a few minutes made to my overall feeling of calm and focus. The workplace taster session was a great introduction to mindfulness and I can really see how it would benefit me personally and professionally.”
— Becky, Communications team, International Law Firm
Want to find out more?
Calm City Mind will talk to you about what your objectives are in offering mindfulness and well-being programmes to your staff, and what will best suit your business. We offer a bespoke scoping service so that we are providing what you are really after.
We run mindfulness taster sessions, as well as seminars, presentations, training workshops and courses. We can provide informal lunchtime sessions, and have also frequently presented at away days and conferences.
A typical one-hour taster session for your staff will introduce your staff to:
- what mindfulness is
- (as importantly) what mindfulness isn't
- some of the research and neuroscience behind mindfulness in the workplace
- short taster practices so that people can experience mindfulness first-hand
- some takeaways for managing stress in the workplace and
- signposting to resources for staff who want to find out more.
Ruth also runs bespoke training & skills workshops for staff which incorporate mindfulness techniques and practice, including:
- Communication - using mindfulness to improve our communication skills with ourselves and each other
- Noticing & Paying Attention - the benefits of pausing and what this can do to enhance well-being, focus and concentration
- "Getting out of our heads" - the benefits of tuning into the body
- Using Technology - how we can have our attention hijacked and how to get it back.
Finally, as mindfulness is more beneficial to individuals when it is practised regularly over an extended period of time, Calm City Mind also runs 4, 6 and 8-week courses for employers who want to provide their staff with the tools for integrating mindfulness into their life on a more sustainable basis.
We are passionate about bringing mindfulness into organisations, and debunking some of the myths that there can be around mindfulness, which can be a very effective tool for resilience and well-being. So if you would like to find out more, or have a chat please get in touch to discuss in more detail.