Organisational Culture & Wellness
Having worked with big brands, what’s the biggest challenges businesses face in creating a more mindful working culture?
It’s important for brands to be people centric because people want to feel listened to and cared for. Staff need to have the skills to be mindful and present so that they notice the small details that will enable them to provide not only a creative solution but thoughtful personalised gestures.
Another challenge, which isn't new, is burn out. When staff and managers are equipped with stress management training they can better spot the signs early and provide help or at least sign posting.
What benefits can people see from engaging with the work you teach?
Many previous studies have shown that meditation practice has a positive impact on cognitive and non-cognitive functioning, which are related to job performance.
A 2015 study by Shiba et al indicated that meditation practice was significantly predictive of work engagement, subjective job performance and job satisfaction even after adjusting for covariates such as age, education, household income and body mass index.
Other benefits include being able to
- Better mannage stress and overwhelm
- Focus and concentrate for easily
- Establish your own inner-centre and work creatively and effectively from that place.
- Feel calmer and more confident within your work
- Help others relax and feel comfortable
- Establish your own working wellness & self care ritual
- Use environment as a mindfulness cue
- Create work that feels fresh and relevant
- Work with the energies & dynamics of others
- Use your voice & language more mindfully
- Have deeper, easier, authentic relations with others at work.
What are your thoughts on the increasing visibility and importance of Wellness in the workplace?
People are increasingly health conscious and workplaces that offer personalised wellness incentives are much more attractive. Many brands are being called to greater transparency and people want to see behind the scenes — on social media or as part of live tours, exactly what it’s like to work somewhere. I recently visited the Morgan car factory, which is in the Malvern hills. It seems a fantastic place to work and I was inspired to see the happy, talented staff and the incredible thought and craftsmanship involved. I had a similarly inspiring experience while working with luxury wellness brand Neom Organics in Harogate.
What’s your approach to embedding a more mindful working culture?
There’s no one size fits all but there are several key areas I find to be important: the physical environment, mindfulness & communication skills, stress management tools, emotionally intelligent management and leadership, personalisation and an encouragement of a holistic healthy lifestyle.
How do you incorporate mindfulness into your own working day?
It’s a learning journey that never ends. I meditate in the mornings and it adds such a great quality to my day. From there I try to set out into my working day with an attitude of embracing and discovery, not knowing exactly what I’ll encounter.
For a meditation novice, where would you recommend they start?
Start by reading a simple meditation book like ‘Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.' If you’re self starting with a book or an APP, remember to approach it with an attitude of discovery. Relax and don't over do it time wise. Two minutes of meditation is a good place to start.
What are your top five resources for building mindfulness in to every day?
Take a look at my get started guide here
Health & Wellness: Introduction to you, your journey and your book.
Tell me a bit about yourself, what was your journey to working in the health & wellness industry?
I started studying psychology in 2004, and in 2009 having finished my formal studies, I began working with the charity MIND. I specialised in the use of literature as a therapeutic device while working at MIND and my interest in meditation was something I practiced outside of my work there. I set up Emma Mills London in order to share the fantastic modalities I had been using in my work at Mind, with a new audience.
Over the years the face of my work has changed and for me they are all part of the same exploration. Which is happiness.
What inspired and motivated you to write your meditation handbook book; Inhale, Exhale, Repeat?
I wanted to show people how the insights gained in meditation practice can be applied very practically to every day common scenarios. Things like falling in love, having a job, eating healthily, loving your self and others, sleeping, creativity and socialising.
I don't think of meditation as a tonic to cure all ills. Instead, I think every day life is the stage on which we not only get to explore our happiness, but get to refine our ever evolving understanding of the truth of things. We’re always learning.
Meditation is a very normal every day thing to do and I try to share my meditational work in the context of my every day usual enthusiasms, rather than as something exotic.
Tell us a bit more about the work you do with wellbeing brand, Neom Organics?
I’ve been on the wellbeing board at Neom for about 4 years now and I help them to include meditation and mindfulness expertise in their product range and service provisions. I write articles, share tips and ideas on the topic of mindfulness for their social media and product inserts and also host events. Several years ago I created and recorded a set of exclusive guided audio meditations for Neom to use in their new wellbeing spa treatments. You can try the treatments at the Neom stores as well as within participating spas in the UK.
For more information and to find out how your team can work with Emma Mills London please email firstname.lastname@example.org