Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Many organizations recognise the benefit of mindfulness training for staff. There is now a significant body of evidence.

“This year (2020), a meta-analysis of 78 randomised controlled trials conducted between 1989 and 2019, with almost 6,000 participants, showed mindfulness-based interventions significantly improved attention, memory and processing speed.”

Companies also realize that the employees are their most valuable asset and there is now a greater understanding that a healthy organizational culture is necessary in order for a business to thrive.

For many employees, money is not the only deciding factor. Work life balance is just as important. Mindfulness is a skill which can be learned and it has been shown to be very helpful for managing stress. Companies which are interested in promoting a healthy and happy workforce and reducing staff turnover are increasingly offering ‘in-house’ courses for staff.

I am a HR director and I want to offer mindfulness for my staff… where do I start?

Find a Qualified Trainer

All MTAI Members are:

For a start, it is obviously important to make sure that the trainer is properly qualified. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to the growing popularity of mindfulness is some people who claim to “teach” it, only have minimal training. All MTAI members have been properly trained, are bound by ethical standards and receive ongoing supervision.

Help your teacher devise the most suitable programme

Talk to your trainer about your organisation to help them recommend or devise a programme that best suits the needs of your staff

Some of our members specialise in facilitating sessions in corporate settings. It helps when the trainer knows the industry in question as this tends to make the content more relevant and accessible for staff. As the HR person, you should also have a chat with the trainer and give him / her some background about the existing culture in the organization. This will again help the trainer to recommend / devise a suitable programme for you.

8 Week MBSR

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme for staff

The “gold standard” in terms of evidence base would entail running an 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programme for staff. The time commitment for an MBSR course is significant (each session lasts for 2.5 hours). Some companies run courses “in house” for their staff and others pay for employees to attend an MBSR course out of the office on their own time.

4 - 6 Week Courses

Shorter mindfulness courses developed by some of our members

The time commitment involved means that the MBSR programme might not always be workable / appropriate. If so, you could consider a shorter course. Some of our members have developed 6 week courses and 4 week courses (1 hour to 1.5 hours per week).

One-off Workshops

One time workshop events tailored to your requirements

One off workshops can also serve as a nice introduction for people who may be new to the practice.

MTAI Members Teaching Mindfulness in the Workplace

Niamh Barrett

Greater Dublin Area, East
I deliver courses online
MBSR, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat, Other
BA Hons, Post-grad Dip. Journalism, Certificate to teach MBSR (IMA)

Silke Michels

West
I deliver courses online
MBSR, Mindfulness and Compassion, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat
MBSR Teacher, Art Facilitator, Co-Active Coach with Neuroscience
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Kay Murphy, BA, HDE, MA

Greater Dublin Area, South, East
I deliver courses online
MBSR, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat
Primary, Post Primary Teacher, Masters in Leadership & Pastoral Care, and Mindfulness Teacher (IMA)
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Josephine Lynch

Greater Dublin Area, East
I deliver courses online
MBSR, Mindfulness and Compassion, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat, Other
Masters in Mindfulness Based-Approaches, Certification in Mindful Self- Compassion from UCSan Diego School of Medicine.

Niamh Bruce

Greater Dublin Area
I deliver courses online
MBSR, MBCT, Mindfulness and Compassion, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Retreat, Other
MBSR/MBCT Teacher Training with IMA 2011/12. Associate Trainer for MiSP. Trained in .b; paws b and dots programme and train teachers .begin. Also OMC trained in Finding Peace in a Frantic World. MBCL Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living
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Fidelma Farley

Greater Dublin Area, East
I deliver courses online
MBSR, Mindfulness and Compassion, Breathworks, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Drop In, Other
Senior Trainer with Breathworks C.I.C., Accredited Life and Business Coach

Fiona Phelan

Greater Dublin Area, West
I deliver courses online
MBSR, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Retreat, Other
MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions from UCD (University College Dublin), BA H. dip, (UCG)University College Galway,

Marie Fitzgerald

South, East
I deliver courses online
MBSR, Mindfulness in the Workplace
MSc Mindfulness Based Wellbeing; H Dip Coaching & Coaching Psychology; H Dip Relationship Mentoring; Certificate in Interpersonal Communication; ACMA qualification; Bachelor of Business Studies
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Cormac Lynch

East, West
MBSR, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Drop In
MSc in Mindfulness-based Approaches, Bangor University
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Niamh Digan

Greater Dublin Area
MBSR, MBCT, Mindfulness and Compassion, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare
Dip in MBSR/MBCT, M.Ed, BSc Couns & Psych, BA, Dip in Ed Leadership
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Janet Cleary

Greater Dublin Area
MBSR, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare
RGN, BSc, MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions, UCD
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Srinath Deenadayalan

North Including N.I.
MBSR, MBCT, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Retreat
MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs), MSc Psychology, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Dip in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Erica Balfour

Greater Dublin Area
I deliver courses online
MBSR, MBCT, Mindfulness and Compassion, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat, Other
Diploma in Mindfulness Based Interventions, Diploma in Mindful Communications, Paws-b, Supervision training,
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Elma Murray

Greater Dublin Area
MBSR, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace
MSc Mindfulness Based Interventions (UCD), BA Photography (IADT), BSc Business Management (TCD)

Dr. Sandra Healy

South, West, Midlands
I deliver courses online
MBSR, MBCT, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Shorter Courses and Workshops
B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD., M.Sc Mindfulness based interventions UCD, Qualified to teach MBSR from the Center For Mindfulness in Medicine and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA., Trained to teach .b in secondary schools MISP.