Mindfulness

Description

Key Questions

  • What are the implications of a workplace mindfulness practice for productivity and mission alignment?
  • How does participation in a shared attention to presence impact a group’s work processes and products?
  • How do mindfulness practices impact workforce stress?
  • How do mindfulness practices influence workplace relationships and group cohesion?

We engage in reflective practices to enhance our ability to work in a transdisciplinary team and meet Knology’s mission. Mindfulness theories assert that positive metacognitive processes are disrupted by stress appraisals. In our non-profit, like many other organizations, stress appraisals emerge around deadlines, financial stresses, interpersonal dynamics among team members, satisfying funders’ requirements, and competing perspectives on priorities and academic disciplines. In the face of these stress conditions, our team has committed to reflective practice and active mindfulness exercises, aligned with the Mindfulness-to-Meaning theory. This theory suggests that a mid-day synchronous moment for all staff, no matter where they are, creates a setting to focus attention on our presence together. Mindfulness can give us access to the metacognitive processes that become encumbered when we are under stress. By engaging in mindful practices, realigning our attention to the present, and recentering ourselves, we can return to more productive outcomes and a healthy work environment. As researchers, we reflect on the results of this practice to determine how it facilitates purposeful, considerate communication across our disciplinary interests, harmonious interpersonal interactions within and between Knology and its partners, and promotes long-term stability of staff wellbeing.

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