Mindfulness at work training
and Trainer training
Mindfulness training is underpinned by an impressive evidence base of 5000+ research studies, 470 of which are specific to the workplace. Most leadership development and MBA programs have NO UNDERPINNING EVIDENCE to support their effectiveness.
In a workplace context robust research demonstrates that properly tailored and contextualised mindfulness training can improve multiple aspects of productivity and performance, well being and employee relationships. It can increase self awareness of behaviour and mindsets - providing the foundation for lasting behaviour change. For more information about Mindfulness visit our Mindfulness page.
Why Mindful Resilience? Why now?
We live in a world that is volatile, uncertain, and increasingly complex. Humans hate uncertainty. Uncertainty is viewed by the mind as a potential threat and the brain defaults back to ancient operating systems that are often an overreaction to the actual threat faced.
Modern day lives are much more complex than it was for our predecessors. The ongoing sheer volume of available information—and the way that digital devices interrupt our work is impacts not only our well-being, but our decision making, innovation, and productivity. Huge volumes of new information being constantly created. In recent years there has been an exponential increase in channels to receive information by; radio, television, print media, websites, e-mail, mobile online meetings, RSS feeds, blogs and social media. Did you know that it can take you over 25 minutes to return to a work task after an e-mail, text or media interruption?
As a result of increasing uncertainty and complexity it’s easy to become over stressed. When we experience excessive stress it has a knock on effect on our world view, productivity, creativity and long term health. In response to this resilience has become the new hot topic in business, triggering a surge in demand for resilience training.
Resilience training alone is simply a band aid for toxic working cultures. Why? Because it does not address the cause of the problem. This is where mindfulness comes in. Mindfulness means many things to different people. For a fuller definition read our Mindfulness page. At its simplest level mindfulness is a form of attentional training. It increases self awareness which allows you to manage yourself better.
I have been teaching mindful resilience within organisations now for a number of years now. This teaching has been the inspiration for my forthcoming book: 'Thriving the art of mindful resilience'. Unsurprisingly, mindful resilience is simply mindfulness + resilience.
When we experience a things we find difficult mindfulness helps you to separate the event itself (the difficulty) from what follows next (our response). The difficulty encountered may be entirely beyond our control, but we always have control of our response. Our response, often at an unconscious level, can lead to significant pain for ourselves and those around us.
Mindfulness combined with resilience training is a powerful combination. It allows you to monitor yourself in real time, quickly noticing as pressure starts to build before things start to spiral out of control. Noticing signs of excessive pressure at an early stage prevents inappropriate autopilot responses that can make things go from bad to worse.
I teach Mindful Resilience in several formats:
As 1:1 coaching over a 4-8 week period depending on needs and learning preferences
As a half day introductory session delivered to groups in the workplace or online
As a 4 week course for groups, 4 x 90 minute taught inputs + a 15 minute daily commitment of practice and application of resilience techniques each day. Delivered to groups in the workplace or online:
Week 1: Building awareness and Focus
Week 2: Working with the body in mind
Week 3: Managing the mind
Week 4: Thriving in a digital age
Mindful Resilience Trainer training
We offer Mindful Resilience trainer training for WorkplaceMT trainers and Mindfulness trainers with experience of delivering mindfulness in the workplace
This program DOES NOT teach you how to teach mindfulness in a workplace context so prior knowledge and experience of mindfulness teaching is essential.
This 10 hour program, delivered 1:1 in 5 x 2 hour modules includes:
An overview of the four week program, its ideology and design rationale
Week 1: overview and teaching practice
Week 2: overview and teaching practice
Week 3: overview and teaching practice
Week 4: overview and teaching practice
We plan to offer trainer assessment and verification via professional discussion assessment and trainer listing at a later date.
Mindfulness training for the workplace
Did you know that the majority of management and leadership training programs teach techniques with little or no evidence base! Mindfulness has an impressive evidence base gathered over the last 40 years. Research links mindfulness to increased productivity, creativity, decision making, improved employee relationships and enhanced well
A comprehensive overview of Mindfulness can be found on our Mindfulnet.org pages, which Juliet authored between 2010 - 2020. Mindfulnet can be accessed via our Resources page.
6 week WorkplaceMT program
WorkplaceMT is an evidence informed program designed especially for busy working professionals. At the heart of all mindfulness programmes is behavioural change. WorkplaceMT is normally taught over a six week period to allow sufficient time to develop and embed new habits and behaviour patterns.
The ideal format for the workplace is one 60 or 90-minute session taught face to face each week followed by daily practice (around 10 minutes) to develop and embed skills.
Click this link to find out more about WorkplaceMT - includes a comparison to other mindfulness programs.
Juliets book on Mindful Leadership contains the full 6 week program. Click this link to view book.
The WorkplaceMT 6 week program could be exactly what you need if:
You really want to improve your self-awareness and self-management
You want an effective way to improve your flexibility and resilience
You want to reduce your levels of stress and anxiety
You have tried everything else and want to find new ways to deal with life’s challenges
You want to improve your relationships, in and out of work
Supported self study mindfulness program
This is a practical solution for individuals who cannot attend the 6 weekly sessions required by the WorkplaceMT program. The key principles and theories are taught in a one day intensive. Individuals are then provided with the resources necessary for self study and a weekly 1:1 check in session to aid learning from experience and overcome barriers.
This one day program can also form the basis of a standalone one day introduction to mindfulness, or retreat day.
Mindfulness for beginners
A 90 minute introductory session to give staff an understanding of mindfulness and its applications at work. It provides some basic tools and techniques that could be applied immediately. It takes time to develop mindfulness, so a longer course would be needed to make major inroads into changing the way staff think, work and behave.
Mindfulness for beginners could be exactly what you need if:
You wish to gain a basic understanding of what mindfulness is (and isn’t)
You want clarity on how mindfulness is developed
You want to develop some basic mindfulness tools and techniques to build on
You want to live your life more in the present moment, spending less time on mental time travel
You want to step out of autopilot and into conscious control
WorkplaceMT Mindfulness Trainer training
I worked in collaboration with Marina Grazier, from 'The Mindfulness Exchange' - a spin off from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, to develop WorkplaceMT as a workplace-centric approach to teaching mindfulness. Together we developed and delivered a trainer training 7 day intensive program which is recognised by CMI.
We co-trained the program in UK and Europe for 5 years and in that time trained over 270 trainers.
For further details of this excellent program please contact Marina Grazier for further information.
Mindfulness at work supervision and Mentoring
Mindfulness trainer supervision or mentoring
Having co-trained over 270 mindfulness trainers, Juliet offers mentoring and supervision for mindfulness teachers who deliver training in the workplace.
Juliet offers 1-2-1 sessions via Zoom at present.
Teaching Workplace MT online: Two hour mentoring session
For WorkplaceMT trainers who wish to deliver WorkplaceMT training online, I offer a two hour mentoring session.
The aim is to help trainers to feel comfortable adapting materials and training approaches from face to face delivery to online delivery.
Students who complete the mentoring session will receive a newly updated set of WorkplaceMT Powerpoints for the 6 week program for their personal use free of charge.
See example slides from Week one.