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Mindfulness At Work Essentials For Dummies

Book Description

Manage stress and boost your productivity at work using mindfulness

Mindfulness at Work Essentials For Dummies explores the many benefits of utilising mindfulness techniques in the workplace, offering managers, HR professionals and businesspeople of all levels guidance on how mindfulness can help with the development of core business skills. You'll discover the key concepts of mindfulness and quickly grasp how its implementation in the workplace is a win-win for you, your team and your organisation as a whole.

Innovative companies like Google have made mindfulness in the workplace a hot topic—and for good reason. Mindfulness can be hugely beneficial on a personal level, as it has been proven to enhance one's effectiveness and ability to live in the present moment. These skills and techniques are equally valuable in the workplace, leading to improved working behaviour and better team building. With this handy guide, you'll discover all the tips and tricks to incorporate — and benefit from — mindfulness in the workplace.

  • Provides an introduction to mindfulness and how it can help improve your working behaviour

  • Offers useful tips on incorporating mindfulness into your working day

  • Demonstrates how organisations can benefit from implementing mindful approaches to work

  • If you're a self-motivated and open-minded business professional looking to expand your knowledge base and effectiveness in the workplace, Mindfulness at Work Essentials For Dummies will help you implement the practice of mindfulness at work — and become a better leader, mentor or coach.

    Table of Contents

      1. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. Foolish Assumptions
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Where to Go from Here
      2. Chapter 1: Exploring Mindfulness in the Workplace
        1. Becoming More Mindful at Work
          1. Clarifying what mindfulness is
          2. Recognising what mindfulness isn’t
          3. Training your attention: The power of focus
          4. Applying mindful attitudes
        2. Finding Out Why Your Brain Needs Mindfulness
          1. Discovering your brain’s hidden rules
          2. Recognising that you are what you think
          3. Exploring your brain at work
        3. Starting Your Mindful Journey
          1. Being mindful at work yourself
          2. Overcoming common challenges
          3. Creating a mindful workplace
          4. Living the dream: Mindfulness at work
      3. Chapter 2: Exploring the Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace
        1. Discovering the Benefits for Employees
          1. Increased mental resilience
          2. Improved relationships
          3. Honed mental clarity and focus
          4. Mindful leadership
        2. Looking at the Organisational Benefits of Mindfulness
          1. Happier, more engaged employees
          2. Greater creativity
          3. Increased productivity
          4. Improved decision-making
          5. Reducing staff turnover
      4. Chapter 3: Applying Mindfulness in the Workplace
        1. Gaining Perspective in the Modern-Day Workplace
          1. Applying mindfulness in changing times
          2. Building resilience
        2. Adjusting Your Mental Mindset
          1. Treating thoughts as mental processes
          2. Approaching rather than avoiding difficulties
          3. Rewiring your brain
        3. Fitting Mindfulness into Your Day
          1. Starting the day mindfully
          2. Travelling mindfully
          3. Taking mindful pauses
          4. Ending your day mindfully
        4. Developing Your Mindfulness Practice
          1. Examining your attitude
          2. Key mindfulness practices
      5. Chapter 4: Boosting your Mental Resilience
        1. Recognising the Need for Resilience at Work
          1. The modern-day stress epidemic
          2. Understanding fight or flight
        2. Mindful Working to Enhance Resilience
          1. Managing multiple, conflicting demands
          2. Grouping tasks
          3. Dealing with distractions
        3. Mindfully Managing your Emotions
          1. How your body affects your mind
          2. Trying the ‘Managing emotions mindfully’ exercise
          3. Dealing with difficult people
        4. Mindful Ways to Maintain Peak Performance
        5. Being Kind to Yourself
          1. Discovering the neuroscience of kindness and compassion
          2. Rewiring your brain
          3. Last, but by no means least …
      6. Chapter 5: Practising Mindfulness in the Digital Age
        1. Choosing When to Use Technology
          1. Recognising the pros and cons of technology
          2. Rebalancing your use of technology
        2. Communicating Mindfully
          1. Emailing mindfully
          2. Phoning mindfully
          3. Using a smartphone mindfully
          4. Engaging with social media mindfully
          5. Writing mindfully
      7. Chapter 6: Using Mindfulness to Assist Different Business Functions
        1. Mindfulness for Human Resources
          1. Managing downsizing and redundancies mindfully
          2. Dealing with discipline and grievances mindfully
          3. Increasing employee engagement
          4. Applying some techniques
        2. Mindfulness for Occupational Health
          1. Improving staff wellbeing with mindfulness
          2. Tackling stress with mindfulness
          3. Reducing sickness absence with mindfulness
        3. Mindfulness for Service Delivery and Customer Service
          1. Maintaining customer focus
          2. Dealing with customer feedback mindfully
          3. Communicating mindfully with customers
        4. Mindfulness for Marketing and PR
          1. Communicating powerfully
          2. Keeping in tune with consumer and cultural trends
          3. Improving responsiveness
      8. Chapter 7: Integrating Mindfulness with Coaching
        1. Discovering Mindful Coaching
          1. Seeing mindfulness as a coaching toolbox
          2. Applying mindfulness in coaching
        2. Using Practical Ways to Integrate Mindfulness into Coaching
          1. Increasing insight and clarity
          2. Overcoming self-doubt
      9. Chapter 8: Commissioning Mindfulness Training in the Workplace
        1. Bringing Mindfulness Training to Work
          1. Starting with the end in mind
          2. Choosing from the menu of possibilities
          3. Building in evaluation
          4. Considering options for introductions and pilots
          5. Taking care of the practicalities
          6. Working in partnership and managing expectations
          7. Identifying follow-up strategies
        2. Different Approaches to Teaching Workplace Mindfulness
          1. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
          2. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
          3. Mindfulness At Work Training (MAWT)
          4. Search Inside Yourself (SIY)
        3. Hiring an Experienced Mindfulness Practitioner
          1. Checking out credentials
          2. Clarifying organisational experience
          3. Judging compatibility
          4. Agreeing on what’s possible
      10. Chapter 9: Thriving on the Challenges of Leadership
        1. Understanding Different Leadership Theories
        2. Thriving Rather Than Surviving
          1. Soaking in the good
          2. Smiling
          3. Being kind to yourself
        3. Being a More Mindful Leader
          1. Authentic leadership
          2. Resonant leadership
          3. Mindful leadership
        4. Practising Mindful Leadership
          1. Making mindful decisions
          2. Communicating ideas and expectations
          3. Mindfully encouraging others to speak up and contribute
          4. Solving problems mindfully
        5. Creating a positive and inspiring workplace culture
      11. Chapter 10: Leading People, Change and Strategy
        1. Leading Mindfully when Change is the Norm
        2. Creating Strategies that Allow the Organisation to Flourish
          1. Identifying organisational culture
          2. Creating a collective vision for the future
          3. Developing strategies mindfully
          4. Embedding new values and behaviours
        3. Creating a More Mindful Organisation
          1. Looking beyond the bottom line is good for the bottom line
          2. The return on investment (ROI) of mindfulness
          3. Mindfully improving employee engagement and retention
      12. Chapter 11: Ten Ways to Mindfully Manage Work Pressures
        1. Mindfully Coping with Inappropriate Work Demands
        2. Mindfully Dealing with a Lack of Control over Your Work
        3. Mindfully Managing a Lack of, or Inappropriate, Support
        4. Mindfully Managing Difficult Working Relationships
        5. Mindfully Gaining Clarity about Your Job Role
        6. Mindfully Navigating the Bumpy Road of Frequent Change
        7. Mindfully Dealing with Difficult One-to-One Meetings
        8. Mindfully Coping with the Threat of Redundancy
        9. Mindfully Coping with Redundancy Survivor Syndrome
        10. Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress
      13. Index
      14. About the Authors
      15. Business & Investing
      16. More Dummies Products