14 Ways to Decrease Stress and Increase Productivity, Creativity in the Workplace

Our stress level rises due to the e-mails we have to answer, the meetings to be attended and the tasks to be completed in the workplace. We don't realize how the day ends. A lot of tasks have to be postponed to the next day, and we cannot relax while thinking about these unfinished tasks even after the work. Aiming to get things done negatively affects focusing and thinking about doing it productively. Research shows that mindfulness practices in the workplace help people to be more focused, creative and productive. The Forbes Coaches Council (2019) put forward 14 suggestions of ways to encourage mindfulness in the workplace. Here they are:

  • Lead by example
    Be what you ask the others to become. Take the time to practice mindfulness yourself at work, and you will encourage others to do so. – Jay Steven Levin, WinThinking
  • Give people time to dream
    Allowing people to dream can lead to ideas that are beneficial and potentially revenue raising. -John M. O’Connor, Career Pro Inc.
  • Look at your response from another’s point of view
    Until you feel clear, calm and confident, don’t send the email, make the call or begin a meeting. Take the perspective of others in workplace interactions into consideration. – Cheryl Amyx, 4CEO, Inc.
  • Ask challenging questions
    Ask challenging questions your employees to inspire them to think bigger- Ken Gosnell, CEO Experience
  • Get up and take a break
    Take a break, walk away from desk or computer. This will help your mind back to present. Fresh mind and body will bring you new ideas. – Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell, Leading Through Living Community
  • Teach people how to practice mindfulness
    Give examples how to use mindfulness as a tool in the workplace. This will help the team members to realize their inner and outer worlds and reactions to their emotions. They will learn to be more present to listen and understand each other in the workplace too. – Andrea MacKenzie, Lead With Harmony
  • Remember to breathe
    Drew Aversa, MBA & RYT, Aversa Strategies
  • Notice the little things around you
    Noticing the furniture in the meeting room, what you are eating in the lunch is being in the present moment, and a way of cultivating mindfulness. Even a few times staying in the present moment can make a difference – Rosie Guagliardo, InnerBrilliance Coaching
  • Lead with emotional connection
    When people reconnect each other by fully understanding reality and emotions of others, they perform the best of their abilities. – Lola Gershfeld, PsyD, Level Five Executive, Inc.
  • Allow ‘gap time’ between meetings
    Taking short breaks between meetings and each task will keep the mind to be more focused, productive and creative. – Christine Allen, Ph.D, Insight Business Works
  • Slow down and block “unscheduled” time for yourself
    Slowing down is the best way to get out of your normal routine so you can increase mindfulness. Being in the present moment will not allow things to trigger you easily and will reduce stress level. – Eugene Dilan, Psy.D., DILAN Consulting Group
  • Don’t be a ‘micro manager’
    Be aware of the fact that stress is a major block to mindfulness, and that micro-management is one of the biggest sources of stress in the workplace. – Andy Bailey, Petra Coach
  • Incorporate mindfulness into meetings
    Take a couple of minutes to mediate, set intentions or take a few deep breaths before beginning the meetings. Manpreet Dhillon, Veza
  • Start a conversation about mindfulness
    In order for people to understand mindfulness concept, start a conversation and talk about mindfulness techniques suitable for them. – David Galowich, Terra Firma Leadership LLC

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