Mindfulness in the Workplace

How mindfulness can help businesses, entrepreneurs, and brands hire and develop employees who are dedicated to what you contribute to the world/mission by focusing on purposefulness (Purpose in everything).

Mindfulness is defined as the human ability to be aware of where you are and what you are doing. Some people define it by saying it is the practice of “living in the present.”

While it is usually discussed when someone who wants to improve themselves and their quality of life, it is also a strategy that could benefit a business, entrepreneurs, and brands.

Mindfulness can help these entities hire and develop employees who will be conscious of what the company contributes to the world and/or the company mission by focusing on purposefulness.

What is purposefulness?

This word basically defines itself: it means “the quality of having a defined purpose.” The online Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “the quality of knowing what you intend to do.”

Instead of saying “what you intend to do,” replace that part with “knowing what an action is intended to do.”

Translated into the business world, this basically means knowing how what you do contributes to the company’s goals.

What does mindfulness have to do with purposefulness?

Purposefulness is why an employee takes certain actions. Mindfulness is the ability to understand the reason behind them.

When an employee is given a new activity or assignment, but the purpose behind it is not explained, they can use mindfulness to “reverse engineer” and understand how this new thing relates to the company’s mission statement.

This is why employees should be trained to have a strong set of skills in the mindfulness department. If management can pass along a new activity, and the employee can understand how it relates to the purpose of the company, then that means they won’t have to train them; they’ll just understand it.

Although it can be necessary sometimes, training does drain resources from other areas of the company. It also slows down progress because it takes the employees a while to get up to speed, and a more experienced colleague has to review the new hire’s work for quality assurance.

Train new employees in mindfulness, and you will reduce the amount of handholding they need. In turn, this means the employees who were once training new staff can move on to a different set of tasks.

How does this benefit the business?

Mindfulness can have several immediate, transparent benefits to any business, no matter what the industry may be.

First, as stated above, you won’t have to draw resources from other areas to train new staff.

Second, it will increase the output of productivity because the employees can identify the purpose of any task they are given.

Third, it will NOT sacrifice the quality of the work because a well-trained employee will know enough to avoid doing anything that does not serve the company’s purpose.

Conclusion

Clearly, mindfulness can serve a purpose beyond an individual’s personal growth. It can help a company run faster without sacrificing quality.

This is accomplished by training its employees to identify what activities will be for or against the company’s intended goals.

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