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Mindfulness Training

Jarrad Asquith
Kaitlyn Loft

By Jarrad Asquith, Faciliator, and Kaitlyn Loft, Learning Designer,
1 January 2024

Thinka’s ‘Practise Mindfulness’ Workshop

Mindfulness is big business. Apps are growing by the dozen and lots of mega-companies are getting on board, even bringing in Buddhist monks. While mainstreaming mindfulness isn’t a bad thing, the truth is that mindfulness starts with the individual. It’s about each person making a conscious choice to become more aware, more present and more available.

What teams will explore

  • A definition of mindfulness for real people
  • Why busy people love ‘micro-mindfulness’
  • Value of mono-tasking and how to do it
  • Increasing your grey matter: ‘grow your brain’
  • Long-term benefits of mindfulness practice

What teams will apply

  • A practical understanding of mindfulness
  • Simple ‘micromindfulness’ techniques
  • Focus in work, unmoved by distractions
  • Practices for enhancing quality of thought
  • A daily practice (in 10 minutes or less!)
Workshop Purpose

Mindfulness practice is helps employees navigate this highly-stimulated, digital world to stay present. When you have a team that is proficient in the practice of mindfulness, they can regulate their energy levels, practise self-compassion, and manage their health and well-being. In this increasingly complex world of work, employees are faced with constant challenges. The purpose of this workshop is to help employees embrace a range of mindfulness exercises that they can draw on to manage stress and optimise wellness.

Working with organisations across Australia, we know that employees need mindfulness practices to deal with stress and improve wellbeing. Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. Mental health focus: Employee well-being in the workplace is now critical for organisations. In Australia, 1 in 5 people have a mental illness every year. With mindfulness, employees can become more aware of their impact on the mental health of others, so their relationships remain constructive.
  2. Psychosocial hazards: Australian organisations are now responsible for doing more to protect their employees from psychosocial hazards. Employees with skills in mindfulness and self-regulation will become increasingly desirable, as the focus on holding people accountable to appropriate workplace behaviour continues.
  3. Work-life balance: Balancing work and daily life is challenging but mindful employees can stay present in all aspects of life. Mindfulness gives them an edge on dealing with multiple priorities and staying present. This helps with avoiding overwhelm and burnout.
  4. Complex world of work: Living in a ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment means that both leaders and teams need to be able to cope with a changing environment that presents constant challenges. Mindfulness practices can help with manage uncertainty in this type of environment.
  5. Increased connectivity: An ‘always on’ culture has lead to many people feeling over-stimulated by constant communication and technology. One of the main benefits of mindfulness is an ability for people to switch off and truly relax.

Overall, these challenges can make it more difficult for employees if they’re not skilled in mindfulness practices. However, with the right support such as Mindfulness Training, coaching sessions, and support from leaders, employees can thrive in this complex world of work.

Workshop Benefits

With the help of Mindfulness Training, skills that employees can put in place to enhance performance include:

  1. Emotional intelligence: This involves the ability to cultivate self-awareness by recognising and regulating one’s own emotions and maintaining healthy relationships with others. Employees can improve this ability by engaging in self-reflection, developing mindfulness skills and keeping a regular meditation practice.
  2. Thoughtful decision-making: When employees make thoughtful, mindful decisions, they can achieve task and project goals more easily. Mindfulness is not just a practice, it is something that is applied to situations in work and life constantly to improve one’s state of mind. There are many evidence-based techniques employees can use to grow mindfulness skills.
  3. Problem-solving: New situations, projects and ever-changing work environments call for constant problem solving. Team members who use consistent mindfulness practices, are able to reduce reactivity, stay in the present moment, and step into complex situations with greater ease.
  4. Perspective taking: Conflict can arise when there are different perspectives in the workplace, but employees who use techniques like mindfulness meditation are often more capable of flexing with other people’s views. Mindful employees can stay present in situations, truly listen to others, and use techniques like deep breathing to achieve better outcomes.
  5. Focussed work: Mindful employees are better able to control mind wandering and focus on the task at hand with better accuracy. Employees can develop this kind of skillset by applying interventions to avoid multi-tasking, using mindfulness apps, and meditation techniques.

With mindfulness, employees can improve their work experience and better manage complex challenges in the workplace.

Workshop FAQs

What is Mindfulness Training?

Our Mindfulness Training workshop is specifically designed for teams to develop mindfulness skills. It aims to provide participants with the skills, tools, resources and confidence necessary to apply focus to their work and self-regulate. Our experienced facilitators have worked with many leaders and teams across Australia and use exercises and evidence-based mindfulness strategies in the workshop. They understand the fundamental principles of neuroscience and how to regulate the nervous system.

Why should my organisation offer Mindfulness Training?

Being part of Mindfulness Training can help teams improve their ability to stay focussed on tasks, leading to improved concentration and greater accuracy. The workshop experience is designed to help teams learn and try out different mindfulness techniques and meditation practices that they can apply in real life such as guided meditation and body scan.

Who can attend Mindfulness Training?

Mindfulness Training is designed for teams. The skills we focus on helps employees regulate their nervous system, control reactivity and handle the stresses of everyday life. However, this training can be easily customised for emerging leaders, frontline leaders, or middle management as well. A team leader might want to be involved in the session with their team too. The effects of mindfulness are very positive for teams and their relationships.

Is Adaptability Training only available in person?

Mindfulness Training can be delivered in an in-person, virtual or hybrid format; depending on the organisation’s set-up. It is typically made up of strategies, discussions and a series of activities to support on the job application. The training can be complemented with coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching plays an important role in challenging old behaviours and building new, mindful behaviours and the capacity for emotion regulation. Organisations might also opt for a blended program that makes use of eLearning modules and other forms of media.

The Thinka team work hard to understand your desired outcomes and design valuable content to help you get there. The facilitation and delivery of their workshops are as energetic as they are informative and the participants walk away knowing what it is they need to do.

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Workshop Outline

Delivery Options

In Person Workshop

Virtual Workshop

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Key Outcomes

1. Team members who can use a range of mindfulness techniques.

2. Team members who can apply ‘micro mindfulness’ when they’ rebusy.

3. Team members who are more intentional and focused in their work.

4. Team members who are less distracted and make fewer errors.

5. Team members who can consistently apply a mindful approach.

Target Audience

Teams
Leaders

Learning Approach

Experiential and application based learning

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Our in-person workshops maximise opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – our in-person workshops build a formidable bridge between exploration and application. We have a 10 person minimum for an in person workshop.

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Our virtual workshops breathe fresh life into the online experience with their almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built workshop materials, participants can be assured of a lively, dynamic session that has a distinct bias to action. We have a 6 person minimum for a virtual workshop.

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This audience includes team members who are developing skills to perform their role with greater capability. The skills are geared toward increasing personal and professional effectiveness and are transferable across different contexts – making them last as they move through their career development journey.
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This audience includes ‘middle management’ leaders who support team members in capability building. The skills are geared toward increasing leadership effectiveness and driving performance in team members in modern work contexts. These skills are flexible and built to grow with individuals as they evolve in their leadership journeys.
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Thinka believes that every learner needs to walk away being able to do something differently once they’ve engaged in a learning solution. The real power is in every individual applying their learning. Our behaviour-based methods, supported by the latest research, are key to making the steps for change relevant and realistic.

Thinka supports with methods like storytelling, experiential activities or rich questioning, but ultimately, we know the integration between solution and real world is the most crucial part of the learning experience. That is why we look for ways to ‘build a bridge’ between the solution we provide and what happens back out on the job.

Whether it’s an application template, a set of strategies, some tips or a ‘how to’ model – we work hard to provide every learner with not just information but the tools they need to make a real difference.

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