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About Mindfulness

"Mindfulness is the science of mental fitness. It’s a tool for increasing the strength and quality of our attention and enables us to stay focused and clear-minded rather than getting lost in distractions and stress. In the workplace and with the complex demands of the digital age, it gives us a way to organise, protect and make best use of our minds and prevent them from getting cluttered.

Research shows that mindfulness can improve performance, resiliency, memory, empathy, creativity and job satisfaction. Being mindful is a smart way of working and is also good for our health.

The practice of mindfulness can be defined as a form of mental training that aims to improve our brain’s core capacities, such as attentional control, emotional self-regulation and increased self-awareness. Mindfulness training also gives a clearer understanding of how our state of mind impacts our work and home life. It makes use of the inherent ability of the mind and body to re-balance and sustain well-being, and discover positive new perspectives, solutions and responses.

Mindfulness is now a popular workplace training intervention that has been the subject of thousands of scientific trials. An increasing body of evidence suggests mindfulness practice offers significant benefits to both our health and our working lives. As a life skill and tool for wellness, it increases happiness and reduces stress. As a professional competency, it strengthens our internal resources allowing us to become more resilient and work more sustainably. Mindfulness promotes self-awareness and presence, assisting us to make better decisions and be centered and grounded, even in a demanding, action-orientated role."

Stephen Archer - Managing Director and Lead Trainer MWFO

How do we know whether or not practicing mindfulness has any effect? What is the most compelling neuroscience? These are important questions to discuss because it is still not widely appreciated in the general public that multiple scientific studies have demonstrated effects of mindfulness on wellbeing, as well as effects of mindfulness on brain function and brain structure. Read more...

Mindfulness Works For Organisations can supplement any training we offer with the latest technological advancements to assist in the delivery, implementation, learning and practice of mindfulness.  Mindfulness Works For Organisations facilitators are able to provide and deliver mindfulness training via video-conferencing. Mindfulness Works For Organisations is able to provide your organisation with a choice from 3 of the best mindfulness and meditation apps available today.  Read more...

Companies And Organisations We Have Worked With

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James Cook University

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CLIENT FEEDBACK

A selection of client feedback for Mindfulness Works For Organisations

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand strongly endorses mindfulness as a useful way to improve positive mental health and resilience. We recommend Stephen Archer (MWFO) as an experienced mindfulness practitioner.

Hugh Norriss, Director of Policy & Development

 Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Stephen (MWFO) is a terrific teacher – insightful, patient and inspiring. I truly believe that the practice of mindfulness is completely relevant in a work setting – busy people in the workplace, especially those charged with leading teams or solving thorny problems (and that would be all of us!) need to find a way to bring the signal to noise ratio into balance. Mindfulness helps mightily with this, and will encourage you to bring a sense of ease into your interactions with people and in the way you seek solutions or insight.

Amy White

State Services Commission 

We have used the services of Stephen Archer (MWFO) to help us to develop our Wellness Programme and Policy at Air New Zealand Cargo. During the period of programme development and in conducting training of our workforce, I have found Stephen Archer to be knowledgeable and professional in his approach to the subject of wellness and workplace stress. Stephen has presented to two target audiences, namely half day sessions for managers and 90 minute sessions for shop floor employees, both of which have been well received.

Rick Knight, Cargo Occupational Safety & Health Advisor

Air New Zealand

Jon (MWFO) provided two Mindfulness sessions to some of our staff, as part of QLD Mental Health Week. These sessions received unanimously positive feedback. We are keen to get Jon back to provide mindfulness training to our Peer Support Officers in the near future. Jon was the consummate professional with a great sense of humour and unfaltering calmness – it was clear that he really practises what he preaches when he was able to improvise without a hitch when our technology wouldn’t allow him to use his laptop/PowerPoint. Thank you again Jon for your time, knowledge and expertise.

Pip Walker, Psychologist/Senior Human Services Officer

Queensland Police Service

I have engaged Jon Unal (MWFO) on a number of occasions to facilitate mindfulness sessions in a corporate environment. Our teams have always enjoyed the sessions and have benefited both personally and professionally. Jon has successfully tailored his sessions with the audience in mind. I would highly recommend Jon to anyone looking to bring mindfulness into the workplace.

Elizabeth Tully

HR Business Partner, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare

Jon (MWFO) delivered a combined presentation and workshop for our Bachelors and Masters students as part of a subject. The presentation fitted right into the topic with an extensive insight into mindfulness. After his presentation the classroom dynamics changed. Students become more focused, more sensitive to discussion topics and more compassionate with each other while interacting in classroom activities. Jon’s presentation was incredibly informative and entertaining with easy-to-digest yet thought-provoking material. He is really engaging with different age groups and finds the voice with people from all different ethnic backgrounds. Mindfulness is a missing concept in education. It should be taught and practiced on a daily basis by students and teaching professionals. Looking forward to Jon’s next seminar!

Eszter Kiss, Lecturer and Coordinator - Leading to Work Program

 James Cook University
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