Workplace wellness, as we mentioned in our 10 Commandments of Wellness, continues to enforce its importance in the corporate work culture. Employee wellness has rightfully gained its significance in the workplace and has become a responsibility for employerq`s. Hence, as employers are becoming more aware of their role, it is important that employees express mindfulness and practice gratitude at work.
The realization of gratitude alone becomes far more important in the workplace. It is not about making it a ritual, it is about imbibing the practice of mindfulness and gratitude as a trait.
Studies have shown that practicing gratitude and mindfulness have contributed to the upliftment of a positive mindset, good health, and well-being by up to 25%. They contribute to making you feel more happy, increasing your energy levels, boosting your self-confidence, improving awareness, and peaceful sleep. Speaking of well-being, have you downloaded the 360Wellness app on your iOS or Android devices? If not, do it right away. The application comes with the World’s First Wellness Tracker to track the four major aspects of human well-being through fitness, feelings, nutrition, and recovery.
While gratitude and mindfulness are important, how one brings them into practice at work is something we need to talk about. We spend ⅔ of our lives working at our jobs. Hence, bringing the practice of gratitude and mindfulness into action has a great impact on our lifestyle and overall productivity.
Here are 5 ways one can express mindfulness and practice gratitude at work:
1. Start your day with positivity
A good morning leads to a good day. And, what better than a list of things you are grateful for at work? Begin your day at work by dedicating 5-minutes to think and write about the positive aspects of your job/work. Do it daily before you turn to your inbox, projects, or meetings for the day. The list need not be long. Keep it short, specific yet simple.
This habit will help you in breaking the “I hate my work” loop. It will promote positivity in mind. Also, it aids in getting out of the bad habit of complaining constantly about things at work. It will allow you to kickstart your day at work with humility, confidence, and enthusiasm. Moreover, it will help you to be on the brighter side of work instead of the regular boredom.
2. Be conscious about your actions
Now that you have started your day at work on a positive note, you must practice being conscious too. Being conscious at work doesn’t imply being perfect. It means to be aware of what you say or do and how it affects your colleagues and other staff members at work. It implies being humble and empathetic with people at your workplace.
Sometimes, the power and position at work come at the cost of losing one’s compassion for others. You ought to save yourself from that and treat every person equally irrespective of their status quo at work. Being mindful of our actions and taking responsibility for them is an important trait to possess, not just at work, but in life as well.
3. Appreciate people randomly
Appreciating coworkers, seniors, or juniors when they do something good, is a great way of expressing mindfulness. Their deed may or may not have a direct impact on your work or position at work, but appreciating people irrespective of that surely will. Choose to acknowledge people’s efforts and embrace their presence at work.
Make them feel the importance they hold within the organization. It doesn’t matter if their position lies at the bottom of the hierarchy, choose to appreciate people when they do good. Next time you find someone like this, do not hesitate to send a quick text or email of appreciating them for their work, even if it is the smallest.
4. Don’t be a multi-tasker
No matter how much multitasking is glorified in the present work culture, the truth is - it doesn’t lead anywhere. Sure, we all have a hard time concentrating. The reasons behind this are different for different people. And, the best way to get out of this constant loop of jumping between several tasks at a time is to do one thing at a time.
You can follow a 50:10 rule. The rule asks you to work on one task for 50 minutes and take a 10-minute break to balance your mind and keep you focused. This is a great exercise to practice mindfulness at work. It not only adds up to your productivity levels but it also allows the brain to function easily without taking any pressure.
5. Display your customer feedback
The heart of every business ultimately lies in the client/customer satisfaction. If your buyers are happy with your services/products, do not hesitate to share their feedback with the staff. You can do this by having a display board of weekly/monthly feedback. This helps the people at work to stay on track and continue with their plan of action.
This can be a great way to show how happy and grateful you are towards the contribution of every single person at work. Hence, sharing the testimonials and feedback with staff from every department not only makes them feel good but also keeps them motivated to work towards the mission and vision of the business as one team.
Expressing mindfulness and practicing gratitude at work only adds to the positivity in the workplace environment. If you are an employee or a business owner, creating a culture where people practice gratitude can not only empower your position as a leader but also pushes your employees to be better.
This does not have to be a high-end thing. It can be something as simple as appreciating an employee in a board meeting or keeping a monthly reward of acknowledgment for the best performer. Yearly rewards of best performances usually add to the intensive burnout and race of becoming better. Monthly rewards allow people to work knowing that they have many chances ahead of them.
Being mindful and practicing gratitude at work or in general adds up to adopting a growth mindset. It allows us to challenge our own beliefs that restrict or hinder our growth to become better as an individual.