Mindfulness makes leap from meditation room to boardroom

The world’s top companies are increasingly introducing mindfulness practices into their organisations to help employees reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and attention, and ultimately enhance productivity – and South African companies are starting to follow suit, a leadership expert says.

“Mindfulness is no longer an opaque concept reserved for yoga retreats and motivational memes,” says Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, author, speaker and CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of SA’s top 3 executive search companies.

“The concept and practice has – not surprisingly – found grateful and receptive audiences in many of the world’s leading companies, including here in South Africa,” she says.

“The idea that people who practice mindfulness principles might be on the fringes of society belongs to a past era, and these days there is enough data, research and scientific information supporting not only the personal, but also commercial benefits of a more in-tune, holistic approach to life and work.”

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