Mindfulness at Work

submenu

The Center supports organizations that wish to enhance employee wellbeing through mindfulness with lunch-and-learn sessions, workshops, retreats, and our Mindfulness at Work course. This course is available onsite for organizations in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, and online for access by employees around the world.

Mindfulness at Work is an experiential course designed to teach core mindfulness skills while also exploring specific applications to the workplace setting. The course explores key mindfulness traits and how they relate to essential workplace skills, such as resilience, task execution, critical analysis, intra/interpersonal growth and leadership. By exploring the above topics from the perspective of the workplace, participants will gain an understanding of how to practically apply evidence-based techniques to help them succeed on the job. This course is 6 weeks in length, with weekly class time of up to 60-90 minutes, depending on format, and formal home practice of 10 minutes per day. The course can be delivered onsite or online.

For more information contact Sue Nankivell, Director of Business Development & Community Relations, at sue@umn.edu or 612.626.2395

Click here to download the Mindfulness at Work flyer. 

What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

  • Define mindfulness – what it is and what it isn’t.
  • Identify and discuss the potential benefits of mindfulness in the workplace (increased attention and focus, improved self-awareness, emotional regulation, greater openness to new perspectives and ideas, decreased anxiety and increased coping skills, and enhanced empathy for self and others).
  • Discuss how habits and attitudes affect perception and task performance.
  • Identify challenges in your workplace and devise practical mindfulness strategies to address these challenges.
  • Explain how stress manifests personally and learn the methods for skillfully responding, regulating and building resilience.
  • Discuss the role of group language, culture and environment in supporting wellbeing.
  • Develop a personal mindfulness routine by completing the regular out-of-class practice. 

Course Resources

Course Resources

Resources and activities for each week of the course will be provided in a workbook or on a course website, for the online class format. A typical week will consist of the following activities:

  • Weekly topical introduction (in person or live/recorded video) from instructor and guided exercises
  • Instructor-led guided meditations and suggestions for practice activities
  • Individual daily meditation practice and journal entry
  • Supplemental readings/viewings
  • In online course format, online check-in/participation (e.g., online discussion, media share, etc., depending upon course delivery model)

Topical Areas

Topical Areas

  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Applied Exercises for the Workplace
  • The Modern Workforce and Key Mindfulness Traits
  • Regulation and Resilience: Mindfulness and Workplace Stress
  • Performance: Mindfulness and Task Execution
  • Personal Development: Mindfulness and
  • Intra/Interpersonal Growth
  • Breakthroughs: Mindfulness, Possibility and Perception
  • Mindful Leadership

Program Structure

Program Structure

The course can be delivered in the following formats: 

On-site Mindfulness at Work Course:
  • Enrollment of up to 20 individuals per section
  • Course duration of 6 weeks, with weekly 90 minute classes
  • Formal home practice of 10 minutes per day
Online Mindfulness at Work Course:
  • Enrollment of up to 50 individuals per section
  • Students move through weekly content at their own pace
  • Course duration of 6 weeks, with 60 minutes of weekly course content
  • Formal home practice of 10 minutes per day

Location & Delivery Format

Location & Delivery Format

Onsite courses can be taught at suitable locations within the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Online courses are taught utilizing a course management system and are available globally.

Instruction

Instruction

Center courses and workshops are facilitated by our experienced instructors, who have deep experience in teaching mindfulness and meditation courses, workshops and retreats within the University, community, and organizations. Overseeing the Center’s academic and community mindfulness programming is Alex Haley:

Alex Haley, JD, MBA is an assistant professor and the mindfulness program lead at the Center, where he teaches, participates in research initiatives and sets the strategy within the mindfulness program area. He has practiced meditation for over 15 years, taught extensively, and has worked for start-ups, mid-sized companies and large multinationals both domestically and internationally in legal and business roles.

 

Evaluation

Evaluation

As part of a major land-grant university, the Center is committed to systematically evaluating its programs using best practices in data collection. Our courses routinely include post-evaluation, querying participants regarding their experience with the course.

Outcomes

Outcomes

Course participants report improved work-related outcomes including:

  • Increased ability to identify when they are stressed at work and methods for responding
  • Enhanced understanding of how their habits and attitudes impact their perceptions of work events
  • Increased attentiveness to what others are saying
  • Acquisition of specific strategies for dealing with challenges at work

Bring Mindfulness at Work to Your Company or Organization

For more information contact Sue Nankivell, Director of Business Development & Community Relations, at sue@umn.edu or 612.626.2395