Global Employee Wellness Program: Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Performance

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This program is brought to you by the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness as a part of the EXL Global Employee Wellness Program

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Welcome to Mindfulness for Wellbeing and High-Performance!

This program includes 8 live weekly one-hour classes, 8 weeks of optional self-study, weekly live coaching, and daily meditation exercises. 

The first live, one-hour class starts on Thursday, July 16th at 1:00 pm EST. The classes then continue every Thursday until September 3rd. The sessions are video-recorded, so you can join the series and catch up, anytime.

Science-based Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a 2,500-year-old practice that quiets, calms and focuses the mind, and so strengthens physical health, cognitive performance and emotional intelligence. Practicing mindfulness creates neural pathways that establish positive new habits and behaviors. Repetition strengthens the network, until the new behaviors become the new normal.

Today's science-based mindfulness is an exercise program for the brain. It is neural training for the awareness, attention and emotional control that result in personal and team success. It is also a state of peak human performance, and has been adopted into the daily training regimen of the U.S. Olympics Team, the Navy Seals, and by the world’s top professional sports organizations and athletes.

Course Overview:

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and High Performance is a comprehensive introduction to science-based mindfulness and a step-by-step program for creating an effective mindfulness practice at work (and home). Below you'll find a list of weekly topics we'll explore in class and your self-study materials. 

Week 1 - Introduction to Science-based Mindfulness

Three decades of medical research have confirmed that the mind can physically change the brain and body - and mindfulness proves it. This class is a comprehensive introduction to the nature, science, hands-on practice, and application of modern mindfulness.

You will learn:

  • The scope and context of secular modern mindfulness
  • The neuroscience and psychology of mindfulness neural training
  • How mindfulness is applied to strengthen health, happiness and personal performance
  • The foundational formal and informal mindfulness practices

Week 2 - Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Chronic Illness

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have named chronic stress the most dangerous global epidemic of the new century, and confirm that the workplace is by far the primary source. This class is an exploration of strategies and practices that relieve workplace pressures, stress-related burnout, and chronic illness.

You will learn:

  • The evolutionary wiring and triggers that creates negativity, chronic stress and mental exhaustion
  • How mindfulness is applied to reframe worry, rumination, self-critical and depressive thinking
  • Mindfulness practices that reduce chronic stress, and increases mental and emotional resilience

Week 3 - Increase Focus and Attention Control

Information overload, workplace distraction, the addictive properties of digital communications, and social media are steadily eroding our attention spans and capabilities to do deep work. We’re all affected to some degree, and it's getting harder and harder to simply stay on task. This class explores practices that physically strengthen brain networks associated with focus, concentration and attentional control.

You will learn:

  • The sources and science of information overload, digital distraction and workplace ADD.
  • How mindfulness is applied to suppress distraction, and increase focus
  • Mindfulness practices that strengthen our abilities to direct attention and sustain concentration

Week 4 - Cultivate Positivity and a Growth Mindset

Motivation, engagement and great performance all flow from a positive, "growth" mindset. But our 2-million-year-old brain needs help overcoming its primitive circuits of pain, fear and worry. This class explores mindfulness practices that dampen our negative bias — and strengthen circuits for positivity.

You will learn:

  • How we get started and stuck in a cycle of negativity.
  • How mindfulness is applied to reframe mindsets and change behaviors 
  • Mindfulness practices for calm awareness, positivity and acceptance.

Week 5 - Navigate Toxicity and Conflict

Reports of harassment, bullying, aggression and anger in the workplace are continuing to scale upwards, year-over-year. This class examines the research and reasons behind this disturbing new reality - and explores defensive and recovery strategies, as well as practices to strengthen our own equanimity and emotion control.

You will learn:

  • How unconscious bias, reactivity, frustration and impatience escalate conflict
  • How mindfulness is applied to stop, unwind, and proceed strategically
  • Mindfulness practices to develop situational awareness and emotional control

Week 6 - Navigate Cultural and Organizational Change

Our 2-million year-old brains are wired to fear change and loathe uncertainty - yet we live in a world and workplace that is undergoing volatile and rapid change. How can we overcome our evolutionary resistance, and develop the mental skills to welcome and embrace change? This class explores mindfulness as a positive catalyst for change management.

You will learn:

  • How change and uncertainty triggers fear that hijacks our emotional state
  • How mindfulness helps us consciously navigate from the known to an uncertain future state
  • Mindfulness practices that develop the mental skill to embrace change

Week 7 - Develop Social and Emotional Intelligence

Social and Emotional intelligence are the best predictors of relationship and career success. Mindfulness is a neural process for developing both capabilities, as it strengthens self-awareness, empathy, compassion and relationship skills.

You will learn:

  • The framework and competencies that comprise social and emotional intelligence
  • How mindfulness strengthens self-awareness, social-awareness, empathy and communication
  • Mindfulness practices for care, kindness and compassionate behaviors.

Week 8 - Improve Collaboration and Teamwork

Mindfulness enables deep listening, intuition and rapport. This class explores the importance of mindfulness in developing trustworthiness, attunement and more effective communication.

You will learn:

  • How mindfulness creates trust and connection.
  • How mindfulness enables deep listening and intuition.
  • Mindfulness practices for more effective communication, collaboration and teamwork.

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