Analysing your situation
Your team is showing signs of workplace stress. The main cause of this is relationships between team members, or between the team as a whole and senior managers.
This is really common. If we’re stressed, and other people around us are stressed too, it’s really easy to get intolerant, aggressive and off-hand. This is the fight or flight reaction going into overdrive – blame your brain chemistry! When everyone is operating from a standpoint of fear or blame, teams get dysfunctional.
We need to break the cycle, and build respectful and constructive relationships based on commonly agreed values and objectives. A significant part of mindfulness training is learning how to react and respond differently to one another, and it’s amazing how a simple act of kindness and empathy can change difficult situations. It’s also important to develop good listening skills and nurture inclusivity. This is the focus of Modules 3 and 4 in our 9 week course.
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Simon says: “I’ve been teaching mindfulness for 5 years and practising for 20. I continue to attend regular retreats and teaching, as this is a lifetime’s exploration. The difference it has made to my life has been fundamental – I seem to be able to cope with impossible workloads, I’m much more tolerant and empathetic with other people, and in combination that means that my work just flows these days. Plus I’m simply happier and understand my purpose better. My genuine aim for this training is to help you get to the same place.”
One student put it simply: “The practice of mindfulness has become a hugely important part of my life, both at home and in work. I find that I am more able to take a deep breath and pause when faced with challenging situations, and I am generally calmer and more able to ‘go with the flow’ of what life throws at me. I am also more compassionate and forgiving towards myself as well as to those around me.” Fiona C
Another said: “Work and life pressures no longer have the ‘sting’ they appeared to have prior to developing mindfulness. Similar events still happen but the way I react has
improved.” John C
Research by McCubbin et al Nov 2014 showed a positive impact on physical and mental health, work productivity, and reduction in healthcare utilization, at least for one year afterwards.