Foster Mindfulness, Create Compassion
vanessa f. hurst, ms
Fostering mindfulness in the workforce isn’t a gimmick. Compassion at work isn’t a fad. Creating a culture based on mindfulness and compassion produces measurable returns on investment. Through compassion and mindfulness, Workplaces foster cultures where the vision, mission, and values are reflected in the each employee’s commitment to the organization.
What are the benchmarks of compassion in the workplace? One is taking both soft and harder approaches to alleviating suffering of employees. Through compassionate policies and actions, a fair, open workplace is created and sustained. In a compassion-centric organization, individual and team successes are celebrated and the pathways to consequences are transparent. Assistance is provided to employees who are struggling. Team members are celebrated for their contributions. The organization evolves into a community committed to its vision, mission, and values.
A compassionate organization has mindful employees. Increasing mindful awareness in coworkers creates a workforce with improved focus, concentration, and critical thinking abilities. Mindfulness increases creativity and productivity and lessens opportunities for prolonged conflict. Employees are better able to recognize personal stress and take steps to reduce it. Compassion fatigue, burnout, is minimized.
An organization fosters increased awareness in employees by making mindfulness practices available to their employees. These may include but are not limited to: Tai Chi, yoga, fitness activities, and programs that focus on enhancing awareness, improving communication abilities, and developing other interpersonal skills.
How does your organization benefit from a Compassion Consultant? She
- Evaluates your personnel policies and creates an evolving, flexible plan to develop and sustain an environment where compassion and mindfulness inform an increase in job satisfaction and performance
- Gathers and shares stories of the value of compassion and mindfulness in strengthening relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Develops strategies to share the organization’s ongoing, evolving story across media platforms as a means of increasing internal and external awareness of your organization’s compassion competencies
The workplace is increasingly impacted by both individual workers’ private lives and the circumstances and events in the world. Creating a compassion-centric workplace provides internal stakeholders with resources not only to increase productivity on the job but to also skills to navigate stressors outside working hours. Lessening the stress outside of work increases an individual’s ability to successfully and creatively accomplish work assignments.
Making a commitment to compassion and mindfulness in the workplace is committing to a successful organization that is open, flexible, dynamic, and evolving.
Vanessa F. Hurst is a Compassion Consultant. She evaluates compassion competencies and mindful practices with organization. Vanessa develops and facilitates resources for stakeholder/community building, mindful coaching, and organizational culture strengthening. She is the author of Engaging Compassion Through Intent and Action (Wildefyr Press, 2014), a resource for increasing awareness of compassion and A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships (Wildefyr Press, 2016), a resource for mindfully engaging others in relationships.
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