Minding Your Business By Boosting Your Staff

20 Jul 2016 | 10.11 am

Minding Your Business By Boosting Your Staff

Why Google’s Search Inside Yourself mindfulness course works

20 Jul 2016 | 10.11 am

‘Search Inside Yourself’ is a Google-born mindfulness course that the tech giant has been offering its employees since 2007. Ahead of a two-day Search Inside Yourself Dublin seminar in September, Deiric McCann (pictured), SIY trainer and executive VP for talent management services firm Profiles International, explains why it works

For those of us who practice mindfulness in management, we are constantly impressed by the results it delivers within our workforce. Mindfulness offers an insight into what drives a team, creates enhanced productivity and improves the overall wellbeing of a workplace that could otherwise be overlooked.

The beauty of mindfulness and emotional intelligence in the workplace is that it can be taught to anyone, regardless of their position within your company. I am a firm believer in the old adage ‘do not let the actions of the few determine how you feel about the many’.

Take the time to know the few and the many, by encouraging openness, strong communication and self-awareness of each other’s needs, wants and requirements.

By doing this we are encouraging a communicative environment where our employees and management feel respected, needed and, most of all, like an important part of what may be a very large organisation.

Situational Awareness

When I speak of awareness in the workplace, I am referring to situations that may be affecting my staff both negatively and positively. These may include, a good work/life balance, overall job performance, sufficient reward for deliverables, the ability to communicate with peers and management on a personal level, an environment that is safe, secure and recognises the importance of an employee.

By being aware of what drives our employees and noting with genuine interest the factors that are most important to them, we can begin to build a structure that can only serve to benefit everyone involved.

Mindfulness in the workplace has been proven to enhance three specific qualities of an individual: control, stability and efficiency.

Let’s take a look at some recent statistics released by the ‘Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute’, which was born at Google. A recent programme run with SAP and Google employees and management showed that the implementation of mindfulness and emotional intelligence techniques offered the following results:

+ 89% of participants noted an enhanced ability to reduce their stress levels
+ 91% exhibited strengthened clarity of mind
+ 79% noted increased energy levels
+ 91% found that they now had a stronger ability to remain calm in what would normally be considered stressful situations
+ 85% of participants noted an increased ability to connect and communicate with others

These results show undoubtedly that mindfulness should have a place in even the largest of organisations and can make a huge difference to how efficiently a workforce operates.

If you can imagine for one moment that your current staff showed the above noted improvements, what kind of difference this would make to your production, staff retention and training costs?

I am openly encouraging management of all levels to embrace the practices of mindfulness, self-awareness and emotional intelligence to create a happier workforce.

A happier workforce is always more creative, eager to assist and solve problems and will drive productivity to new levels.

+ Search Inside Yourself takes place in Dublin’s Chartered Accountants House over September 29 and 30. Early bird tickets cost €795. Details: siy.deiricmccann.com

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