One of the ways a company keeps itself in good standing is to take exceptional care of its employees, and it seems that a number of South African firms are deciding that mindfulness techniques are a way to do just that.
Several companies are using mindfulness techniques and introducing them to their employees as a way to help them reduce stress, cope with anxiety, sharpen focus and increase productivity, with South African companies following that trend, according to a leadership expert.
The CEO of Jack Hammer, one of the SA’s top executive search companies, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, has stated that mindfulness has moved out of the reserved domain of yoga practitioners and motivational internet memes, and that the idea has been gaining ground in people all over the world, including South Africa.
She states that people are finding the concept as appealing, and are grateful for it, leading to the developments that result in mindfulness becoming a more mainstream concept, and mindfulness techniques are treated with seriousness and validity, backed up with data, research and empirical information from multiple sources which show the personal and commercial benefits of mindfulness.
She states that mindfulness is becoming more and more mainstream, with leaders from industries across the world, such as Google, Intel, Target, and the like incorporating the principles and practices of mindfulness in their workings.
Goodman-Bhyat, understanding the value of mindfulness, recently published her book, titled ‘InTheFlow – Taking Mindfulness to Work’, which is the culmination of years of research regarding the ramifications of implementing mindfulness techniques in the workplace. The books outline a six-prompt formula that forms the core of its guidelines, and seems to have picked up quite a following in business leaders across SA, becoming one of the 10 Best South African Business Books for the year of 2016.
The CEO of Raizcorp, Allon Raiz, stated that the book takes the idea of mindfulness, of the serenity of existing in the moment, and brings it closer to the hectic business environment. He states that the books take a somewhat intangible concept, and creates a practical outline for understanding and applying it.
Global studies show a noted decrease in stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed, as well as increases in productivity, focus, and emotional control in companies where mindfulness techniques have been practiced.
Goodman-Bhyat stated that whilst implementing mindfulness practices in a work environment doesn’t need a considerable investment in time, strategy or money, it does require someone to act as an example, someone who is open to new perspectives and methods of getting work done.