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

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Carole Doherty

Greater Dublin Area, East
MBSR, Mindfulness and Compassion, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Drop In, Retreat
MA Supervisory Practice MBSR (IMA) Post-Grad Dip. Applied Spirituality
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Bridgeen Rea-Kaya

North Including N.I.
MBSR, MBCT, Mindfulness and Compassion, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Drop In, Retreat
MSc Mindfulness Based Approaches, Bangor University Wales. Accredited and Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher (MSC)
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Susan Keane

Greater Dublin Area, East
I deliver courses online
MBSR, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Retreat, Other
B.COMM, ACMA, MBSR and Yoga Teacher
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Maggy Blake

Greater Dublin Area, East
MBSR, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Drop In
Msc, SRN , SCM, Dip Couns, Dip Bereavement Couns

Helena Downey

Greater Dublin Area
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 degree in Mindfulness-Based Interventions UCD, Bachelor of Commerce degree UCD, YTI Yoga Tutor & Teacher

Susan Barrett

South
I deliver courses online
MBSR, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat
Teacher Certification from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Teacher Certification in Teaching MBSR LIVE ONLINE from East Coast Mindfulness USA; Supervisor Training, Bangor University, Wales; BA St. Patrick's College, Maynooth; HDip Community Development; Certificate in Conflict Management
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Shirine Beausang

South
I deliver courses online
MBSR, MBCT, Mindfulness and Compassion, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare
Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)

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)
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Cecilia Shefflin

East, Midlands
MBSR, MBCT, Mindfulness in the Workplace
MSc Mindfulness Based Teaching Approaches
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Cormac Lynch

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

Con Sheehan

Greater Dublin Area
I deliver courses online
One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Retreat
MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions, University College Dublin, 500 RYT Yoga Teacher, MSc in Marketing Practice, Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD; BA International Business and Spanish, DIT
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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.

Michele Van Valey

Greater Dublin Area
I deliver courses online
MBSR, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Shorter Courses and Workshops
MSc Mindfulness Based Interventions, UCD. Mindfulness in Schools Project; .b 11-17 yrs, .b Foundations for Teachers. Yoga, Pilates, Nutrition..

Rachel Ardagh | Insight Out Mindfulness

Greater Dublin Area
I deliver courses online
MBSR, MBCT, One to One Mindfulness, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Mindfulness in Healthcare, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat
MSc (Hons) Mindfulness Based Interventions, BSc (Hons) Occ Ther.
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Seamus McMahon

Greater Dublin Area, South
I deliver courses online
MBSR, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Shorter Courses and Workshops, Drop In, Retreat, Other
MSc (with distinction) in Mindfulness Based Approaches, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, Wales. BA (hons.) UCD. Diploma in Safety Health and Welfare at Work (UCC), Diploma in Library and Information Studies (UCD).