As a business leader, there's an opportunity to help your employees focus on the present and feel less distracted by these uncertain times.

How to Help With Mindfulness After Returning to the Workplace


With the number of COVID-19 cases drastically declining in countries like New Zealand and Australia, more and more workplaces are considering the transition back into the office. While the Australian Government Department of Health created the COVIDSafe app to ensure precautionary measures are taken seriously during the transition into this “new normal,” your employees may still feel anxious and overwhelmed about returning to work.

Mindfulness is something major to consider as your team members shift their focus from working from home. They may find it more difficult to refocus their attention, manage their workloads and reduce feelings of stress while making these changes.

As a business leader, there’s an opportunity to help your employees focus on the present and feel less distracted by these uncertain times. Here are a few simple techniques to assist your team members with mindfulness during the transition:

1. Offer an active helping hand

Management is seen as more than someone who dictates responsibilities. For many, a manager is a person they want to feel comfortable with when it comes to having difficult conversations and admitting to stress within the workplace. During this time, it’s important to be a strong listener and offer a helping hand in proactive ways. For instance, if someone explains their normal workload feels more difficult to handle during the transition, you can offer assistance shifting the responsibilities or advising a plan for time management. Always make it clear that you are here for your employees when the going gets tough.

2. Stress the importance of taking breaks

Mental clarity during the workday is essential to performing at one’s best. This means taking regular breaks throughout the day to give the mind some room to relax. As Psychology Today explained, taking breaks helps in decision-making, restoring motivation, increasing productivity and enhancing one’s ability to learn.

3. Always recognise hard work

There’s no denying the amount of pressure that comes with returning to the workplace after months spent working from home. No matter the amount of work employees produce after getting back into their habits in the office, it’s important that you take the time to recognise all of the hard work based on the unfortunate circumstances. This is a critical factor in showing your employees how essential and valuable they are to the bottom line of the business.

4. Provide useful resources

When employees are feeling more stressed in the workplace, they may find it more difficult to produce the same amount of work they once could. Providing helpful resources for coping with stress, such as this article by health direct, shows you care about their mental well-being and want to assist in their journey to restoring a more-balanced workload.

5. Let ICML lead the focus

There are many reasons for employees to feel more overwhelmed and less focused when they head back into the office. That said, ICML offers a learning opportunity that’s solely dedicated to helping your team members regain focus and feel confident in their work potential. The Mindfulness at Work training course is designed to help employees focus on the present and feel less distracted by thoughts, manage unhelpful feelings, mitigate stress, clarify goals and value and more. By the end of the training, you and your team will feel more comfortable with the current climate at work and boost your productivity and performance levels across the board.

Ready to give your workers the tools they need to succeed? Contact ICML today to schedule your tailored training course on mindfulness.

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