Bringing Mindfulness to Corporate Trainings

An Introduction

Everyday I read Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip of the Day. Today it’s on bringinh mindfulness to corporate trainings. As someone who teaches this, I can definitely say yes, it changes the milue of training is a great way. It allows walls to be lowered, increases creativity, and community. It also improves focus so that real learning can occur. 

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Bring Mindfulness to Corporate Trainings

Many employees come to training sessions with too much on their minds to actually pay attention. To help them focus and learn, try bringing mindfulness into the classroom. The first step is to create a good learning environment. Open spaces are optimal, especially if they have large windows, minimal clutter — and no distractions. As the session begins, stress to employees the importance of staying focused. Ask them to turn off their devices for the entire training, and then take a few minutes for everyone to practice mindfulness. Have people sit still, relax their bodies, focus on their breath, and let go of whatever is on their minds. This will help them be open to and process new ideas. You should also ask everyone to stay mindful during breaks. Rather than checking on work, employees should take a walk, reflect, or write in a journal. By keeping their minds clear and calm, they’ll have a better chance of retaining what they learn.

Adapted from “How to Get People to Pay Attention During Corporate Trainings,” by Jacqueline Carter, Rahul Varma, and Rasmus Hougaard