Increasingly, employers are using mindfulness as part of employee wellbeing programmes.

Within the workplace, there are a number of constraints that often result in courses being adapted:

  • There are limited opportunities for pre-selection; often the view is that those fit to work are fit to undertake a course
  • Recommendations on daily practice are lighter
  • Enquiry is more limited, in part because of sensitivities in the workplace, in part because this is not delivered as a therapeutic intervention
  • Training sessions can be shorter (e.g. 1 hour) and fewer (e.g. 6)
  • Delivery style needs to be more in keeping with traditional workplace course delivery (mixture of formal presentation and break out exercises)
  • There can be more emphasis on "why" and more didactic elements to the teaching.

Research on the effectiveness of such programmes in the workplace is developing. There is emerging evidence of stress reduction and performance enhancement as a consequence of workplace programmes.
Workplace Mindfulness Programmes

Root Definition
Providing workplace training in mindfulness by del

Customers

Citizens

Actors

Mindfulness teachers
Health care providers

Transformations

Transforms people by increasing their knowledge and understanding of mindfulness.

Weltenschauung

Mindfulness can deliver benefits from skills that can be taught in shorter programmes, and to maximise benefit and widen accessibility such programmes are worthy of development.

Owner

There is no formal owner of mindfulness programmes, though there are a number of training organisations seeking to widen availability of mindfulness programmes and to ensure the quality of full mindfulness programmes.

Environment

The media are generating a considerable amount of interest in mindfulness, though some of this can be ill-informed.
The financial climate is limiting, and though there are evidence-based benefits, there are few opportunities for public funding of research, development and implementation.
There is a growing number of people delivering mindfulness training, some of whom are formally trained.

Relavent Subsystems

Individual programmes: Frantic world, TME, .b, etc.

Contribution to the problem situation

The interest in mindfulness is driving up the demand for courses. There is no anticipated regulation of short mindfulness courses, and the public perception of mindfulness is likely to be shaped largely by the quality and effectiveness of shorter programmes. Understanding of the scope and quality of such programmes is likely to be difficult.