How to Make Meditation for Employees Exciting
Mindfulness at work has become a very popular topic for HR managers, CEOs, and employees. Until recently, Mindfulness Meditation has only been an activity in which a small percentage of employees participated. Many employees either do not believe Meditation is right for them or do not want to participate in the Mindfulness Meditations programs their employer has created. Now, larger percentages of employees are participating in Mindfulness programs at their work. The increased attendance in these programs and the measurable benefits are very encouraging.
There is significant scientific evidence that MIndfulness Meditation programs in corporations are beneficial to employees. From helping combat stress and lowering anxiety to encouraging prosocial behavior, meditation has been wholeheartedly embraced by the modern workforce. And the timing of meditation being embraced could not be better. We are living in a post-pandemic world with the aftereffects of Covid only now being looked at and understood.
We live in an age of extremely robust and fast-paced corporate ecosystem where the day-to-day lives of employees are riddled with demanding challenges. Employees come to work and are expected to perform and overcome a variety of arduous tasks regularly. In addition, employees must constantly strive and stay motivated enough to optimize and grow their skill sets to successfully enhance their careers.
A highly competitive work environment coupled with constantly growing demands and elevated stress levels can make it increasingly difficult for employees to focus on their jobs. Increased anxiety and stress can have a dangerous effect on employees’ mental well-being. And due to the fact that most jobs have an element of a sedentary lifestyle attached to them, employees’ physical well-being is also compromised.
The impact of workplace stress and anxiety on employees can lead to an abrupt, downward spiral in their motivation levels, decrease their focus, and make it even harder for them to stay productive. So, is there an effective solution to keep employees well-balanced, happy, and productive? Absolutely. Mindfulness has been long proven to help individuals calm their inner selves, minimize negative feelings, and achieve contentment. Moreover, mindfulness allows employees to enjoy the present moment and think more positively, leading to improved cognitive agility, becoming more resilient, and being self-aware.
How You Can Introduce Meditation in the Workplace
One of the biggest mistakes companies make when implementing mindfulness meditation programs is that they do not survey employees and ask them about the best days and times they would attend sessions. By rolling out a program on days and times that you think may work for your employees, you are setting the program up for failure. As it turns out, many HR managers choose a time of day that coincides with weekly meetings or is on employees’ lunch breaks. In both cases, you will not be able to get a decent turnout.
If you choose to survey your employees, we recommend including the following questions in the survey:
- Would you attend a mindfulness meditation program?
- Which days of the week would be best for you to attend the sessions?
- Which time(s) of the day would be best for you to attend the sessions?
Receiving a positive response to the survey in no way guarantees that there will be high attendance in the program. However, you will at least have evidence that there is interest and you can schedule the sessions accordingly.
Providing a survey to employees is the most logical step to test the idea of starting corporate mindfulness programs. In evaluating the results, we recommend looking at what the results represent. Some HR managers believe that a program is not warranted unless they receive 75% or more of employees supporting a program. Other HR managers believe that corporate meditation classes are justified if at least 25% of employees favor a program. Consider the program’s cost and the potential revenue savings if 5-10% or more of your employees benefit from the program.
Positive Initial Results of the Program Start to Decrease
You surveyed your employees and see evidence that enough employees are interested in attending mindfulness meditation classes. You create a schedule for the sessions based on the survey results. This ensures that you have done your due diligence to pick the day(s) and time(s) that employees indicated that they would attend sessions. The program starts and within a short time, you notice that the number of employees attending the sessions starts to decrease. Why does this happen and what do you do about it?
A common occurrence in corporate meditation programs is that attendance starts to drop. This is unavoidable. It happens for various reasons and these are the top three reasons:
- the company is in its busy season and employees must dedicate their time to work
- employees are critical of themselves and feel that they are not benefitting from the sessions
- employees get bored of the content
For reason one, it is essential that the person in charge of the program communicates with the employees to convince them that during the busy season, they can benefit from the meditation sessions. Gentle reminders about upcoming sessions is the best way to remind employees of this.
For reasons 2 & 3, there are specific steps that managers can take to make meditation sessions and programs fun for employees.
Making Meditation Exciting and Fun For Your Employees
So how do you keep employees engaged and actively participating in a mindfulness meditation program? How do you make the program fun? Here are some ideas to keep your employees actively participating in your mindfulness meditation program and how to make it fun.
Designating a Tranquil and Happy Place for Meditation
Inspiring and motivating your employees to practice mindfulness at the workplace starts with giving them what they need to feel more comfortable and relaxed. If employees are working remotely, recommend that they dedicate a room, or space in their home, which is a dedicated meditation space. If employees work in-house, designate a room where employees can gather and meditate. This is going to allow for a degree of permanence to take place, enabling employees to attend mindfulness sessions together and help them make these sessions an important part of their daily routine.
Encourage Employees to Track their Mindfulness Progress
One of the best ways to help your employees have more fun with their meditation sessions is to encourage them to track and monitor their mindfulness journey and progress. Ask your team to make short notes after each session, expressing how they feel in the present moment and how they’ve felt since starting the meditation program. Monitoring their daily progress in terms of productivity, focus, and motivation every day is going to help instill a sense of achievement, encouraging them to pursue their mindfulness sessions with more vigor and excitement.
Many corporations will only provide a guided mindfulness meditation teacher to lead their employees once weekly or monthly. In order to achieve the maximum benefits of meditation, employees should meditate once per day for at least five minutes. In order to meet this requirement, employers should grant their employees unscheduled breaks for mindfulness. Encouraging your team to practice mindfulness at their own time without any distractions or noise is going to help them tap into their inner self, leading to a boost in divergent thinking. They will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned in their mindfulness sessions and become more creative problem-solvers and decision-makers.
Automate Repetitive Processes To Help Make Time for Meditation
There’s no question that rapid innovation in technology is quickly transforming the way we work. Today, we have a variety of software that’s fused with artificial intelligence, seamlessly automating meager or repetitive tasks. Doing the same tasks over and over again has been cited as one of the causes associated with employee burnout. According to one study published by McGill University, it was identified that employees tasked with doing the same things repeatedly quickly experienced a decline in their judgment, had a reduced drive for goal planning, and experienced a decline in their ability to focus.
In light of this, it makes perfect sense to leverage the power of automation in the workplace, allowing your team to breathe a sigh of relief, and encouraging them to designate more time to practice mindfulness meditation. This is also going to help motivate them to plan their goals better, work with increased focus, and they will be determined to solve complex objectives with more dedication.
Turn Your Mindfulness Meditation Program Into an Employee Reward Opportunity
Another brilliant way to make meditation exciting for your employees is to turn mindfulness sessions into a rewarding opportunity. You can develop a point system for your team, allowing them to score points based on how often they attend sessions. By offering some type of rewards such as a day off, an Amazon gift card, or something else, employees have a greater incentive to attend meditation sessions. Ultimately, the employees that attend more sessions than others, in an attempt to win the reward, will receive the greatest reward possible. They will accumulate the benefits associated with a long-term meditation practice and no longer feel the need to be rewarded for attending the sessions.
Encourage Your Employees to Share Their Mindfulness Journey
Sharing anything with a good friend or a significant other can make it more interesting and exciting. Meditation is the same. Asking your employees to share their mindfulness knowledge, experience, and practices with other people in their lives can help them instill a powerful sense of achievement and vigor. They can do the same at the workplace, practicing mindfulness with their favorite co-workers and friends.
Even though mindfulness demands that you focus on the present moment, it can be fun and even more relaxing when you’re doing it with a friend next to you. In addition, as soon as you’ve completed the meditation session, you can talk about how you feel and even enjoy some coffee together. It’s all about positivity!
What Can Mindfulness Do for Your Team?
The primary objective of our virtual mindfulness classes is to help your employees become more aware, focused, and motivated. At Meditation House, we encourage employees to achieve their professional goals and strike a balance between their work and personal lives, helping them enhance and maintain their mental well-being.
Toward the end of corporate mindfulness meditation programs, we engage employees in a dialog about how the meditation program has affected them. We typically hear from participants that they have noticed a positive change in how they perceive themselves, think, and behave. Meditation House welcomes companies to see, first-hand, how virtual guided meditation sessions can help them develop a diverse work culture, enabling their employees to think more positively, cope with stress more productively, and enjoy their work.