We’ve talked before about using mindfulness at a personal level in the workplace to reduce stress. But you may have also heard the term “mindful company.” So what does it really mean to be a “mindful company”? This term has only started to gain popularity in recent years. In fact, many still question whether this is really possible or just a term brands like to toss around to sound more appealing to customers and employees.
Basically, a mindful company is one that cares for the needs of all. It’s focused on success, but not just the success of the owners. Instead, a mindful company focuses on the success of all stakeholders. They’re built through innovation and a little bit of caution. They have a clear direction for the company as well as values and vision.
But a mindful company needs a mindful leader
It all starts with the leader of the company. This is someone who can step back from their work for even 10-20 minutes a day, clear their minds, reflect, and just be in the moment. They’re not all work all the time and they’re focused on more than just financial success.
Traits of a mindful leader:
- Interested in what employees at all levels have to contribute
- Collaborative when overcoming challenges
- Reacts rationally rather than emotionally
- Is observant of changes going on around them
- Listens and keeps an open mind
- Knows when and how to say “no”
- Understands not only their own emotions but emotions of others
- Okay with asking for help and giving thanks when they receive it
And most of all, they know how to be a good example for the rest of the employees and suppliers they work with on a day-to-day basis.
Mindful companies are based on thinking instead of emotions, they evaluate and consider everyone involved. They are non-judgmental and don’t jump to conclusions. They evolve and adapt as changes occur within the company and the environment it works in.
Now that you know what a mindful company is, find out why you should care about mindfulness at work.