The Benefits of Mindfulness at Work

Research conducted over the last 40 years demonstrates the benefits that can be gained from as little as 6 weeks mindfulness training been found to be effective in treating a range of health conditions and boosting the auto immune system. Mindfulness practice reduces the risk of burnout, increasing resilience and overall well-being.  It also has a beneficial impact on the brain, decreasing grey matter in the amygdala (the brains fear centre) and increasing grey matter in areas including the hippocampus (responsible for learning and memory) and pre-frontal cortex (responsible for executive functioning) .In recent years researchers have found links between practicing mindfulness and improved workplace performance, including changing mindsets, improving working relationships, focus, attention and decision making.

WorkplaceMT mindfulness training evolved from MBCT

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has an emphasis on developing skills to help people to manage the mind, a valuable ability in the modern day workplace.  MBCT was designed to be taught by clinicians and therapists to people who are unwell.  Professor Mark Williams and Danny Penman adapted MBCT into a self-help format, designed for use with a healthy population. Details of this 8 week course with shortened mindfulness practice requirements can be found in the best-selling book: Mindfulness a guide to finding peace in a frantic world

WorkplaceMT is based on this model of MBCT mindfulness teaching.  It was adapted into mindfulness at work training by The Mindfulness Exchange, and then further adapted and refined over a six year period by Marina Grazier and Juliet Adams. Marina is a psychologist and pioneering corporate mindfulness trainer whose career includes marketing and business development with KPMG and IBM. As a Member of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) Development Board, Marina set up the Mindfulness Exchange Ltd. Juliet is a Fellow of CIPD with a wealth of experience in HR, Learning design, Change and Leadership Development.  


WorkplaceMT: An Evidence Informed Approach To Teaching Mindfulness

WorkplaceMT offers clients two distinctive mindfulness at work training programs: WorkplaceMT 60  and WorkplaceMT 90.

Designed for a professional propulation, our full WorkplaceMT 6 week programme can be found in our recently published book on Mindful Leadership

WorkplaceMT 60

  • For organisations that need a time effective mindfulness training solution that delivers tangible workplace outcomes
  • Evidence informed approach based on MBCT incorporating the latest research findings
  • 6 weeks x 60 minutes training a week
  • 50% taught input, 50% experiential learning 
  • Teaches a combination of formal mindfulness practices along with informal at your desk practical techniques
  • Home practice requirement of around 10 minutes a day for the full duration of the course

WorkplaceMT 90

  • For organisations able to allow more time to develop employees mindfulness skills and understanding
  • Evidence informed approach based on MBCT incorporating the latest research findings
  • 6 weeks x 90 minutes training a week
  • 50% taught input, 50% experiential learning 
  • Teaches a combination of formal mindfulness practices along with informal at your desk practical techniques
  • Home practice requirement of around 10 minutes a day for the full duration of the course
  • Includes additional mindfulness tools and techniques that time does not allow for on WorkplaceMT 60
  • Includes additional neuroscience underpinning knowledge that time does not allow for on WorkplaceMT 60
  • Allows more time for embedding skills

WorkplaceMT Vs MBCT: A Quick Comparison

* This programme may not be suitable for some employees suffering from acute conditions.
** WorkplaceMT also offers a 6 x 1.5 hour a week variation of the training programme which allows a more time for learning and reflection and embedding.
***A combination of around 10 minutes of formal practice plus informal everyday mindful moments throughout the day. 30 minutes in total mindfulness practice recommended each day.