Can mindfulness really improve your business?
Mindfulness meditation is being offered at some of the world’s biggest companies, such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline and KPMG, to cut workplace stress and boost productivity. With workplace stress costing UK businesses £6.5bn a year, it’s no surprise that companies are investing in mindfulness and a raft of business magazines and HR journals are open about how it can boost profits.
Innovation, creativity and new ideas also benefit from regular mindfulness sessions. Recent research from the Rotterdam School of Management found that just 10 minutes of mindfulness each morning increased new ideas from employees by 22%.
Mindfulness - the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment – is just part of the guided learning offered by Chamber member Role, on their weekend and week long retreats.
Retreat members are encouraged to take a break from technology, indeed, on their Isle of Mull retreat, broadband signal is temperamental at best and mobile signal only available if you walk to the beach 5 minutes away (you can take a look at the seals whilst you’re there!) But this digital detox, combined with guided learning re stress management, teachings re the body’s response and reaction to intense situations, plus a deep dive into how and why we communicate are just some of the workshops that delegates attend amongst the peace and beauty of the sea and mountains.
Wendy Bowers, the founder of Role, has been working with business leaders for more than 20 years, but it was only when she herself was forced to take a complete break due to overwork and overwhelm, that she experienced first hand, the benefits of taking a complete break and opening the mind to stillness or meditation.
Now she is combining her new learning with her many years of experience both in her own businesses and on local and national Chamber boards.
Her first 2 retreats have been for small groups of female leaders, but in response to requests from male business leaders, who are increasingly becoming aware of the impact of stress, she has designed a mixed 4 day retreat called BREATHE which signifies that:
1 – Time away from the business (a breather) is good for you and the business
2 – Breath is fundamental to life but most of the time we are not even aware we are doing it. By learning how to use breathing and mindfulness, stress reduces and health and focus improves.
Details of all the retreats and testimonials from recent delegates can be found on the Role website at http://www.role.uk.com/retreats.html