Welcome to the second episode of our Happier at Work video series! As part of National Stress Awareness Month, we will spend the next few weeks covering the idea of mindfulness, empathy, emotional intelligence, meditation and happiness in the workplace.
We will provide in-video exercises and things you can practically apply to impact work happiness. We will also provide a TL;DL (too long didn’t listen) so you can skip to critical parts of the videos if that’s more your scene. We encourage you to add your own personal techniques, ask questions and contribute to the conversation.
TL;DL: Here are the critical points in the video:
- How do we bring mindfulness into the workplace? 0:38
- What are the benefits of attention? 1:28
- How can you incorporate mindfulness throughout your workday? 3:01
- How can I use mindfulness for email stress? 5:20
Mindful Attention in the Workplace
Any modern job has people working on many things at one time. When you consider open office environments, meetings, email, messengers, text messages and social media, we all are trying to handle 5-10 things at once. We’re in a silent battle to become professional multitaskers. Yet there have been two extensive studies that prove multitasking is actually an illusion. Our brains are incapable of doing two things well at the same time. This fact can feel frustrating to hear, as all of us are trying to get an immense amount done everyday.
Not only does multitasking not work, but it drastically reduces our ability to do things well. Our brain is forced to split focus and lose details just to keep up with capacity. Stress and anxiety are likely to follow that, because we are making mistakes, taking longer to complete tasks, or not keeping an attention to detail.
So how can we combat this onslaught of distraction? We believe the starting place lies in the basic mindfulness practices of presence and attention. Building and strengthening these practices throughout the day can greatly impact your ability to bring your fullest brain to every task, and begin to notice when your mind is inevitably straying (we’re human after all!).
Check out the video or key sections to find out easy things you can try to be more mindful and retain attention.
What has this meant for Room 214?
Again, we’re in the early stages of rolling this out to our team. As part of our Learning and Training objective, we’re going to focus some sessions in our upcoming Semester 2 to presence and listening. Much of that will focus on physical and mental presence, body language, listening learning and exercises, as well as empowering people to have grace with themselves.
We’re also identifying dedicated processes that can help bring focus back to our days. Last year we piloted Deep Work to much success, but we all got distracted again and need to bring it back. The irony is not lost on us.
Breaking the fourth wall here, I’ve personally benefited from more mindfulness. Between broken toilets, billing clients and the myriad of things that happen here, the simple breath work has given me the ability to be focused and tackle the stressful situations I face each day. It’s trained me to keep fighting for that focus and attention to what I’m doing.