Post by Amanda Halle
What do you come to work for?
To be happy was the first thing that popped into my head when asked the question. Not shocking. And, it’s not shocking that the majority of people out there are looking for the same thing.
This question was posed to us by Michael Carroll, who’s spent over 20 years bringing mindfulness, awareness and meditation into organizational settings. He spent the afternoon with our company for a Lunch & Learn on mindfulness and being a mindful leader. He’s lectured on these principles at companies that include Google, Facebook, EBay, P&G, National Geographic, Merck and now, LiveIntent.
The responses to this question typically fall into two main camps, he says, the practical and the spiritual. For us at LiveIntent, we found responses similarly in line. We had folks who voiced their desire to come to work for practical reasons: to be productive, focused, successful and motivated. Others responded with more spiritual reasons: to be happy, fulfilled and calm. We all come to work with aspirations and the desire to do our best – to be our most confident selves.
What does confidence look like at work and what does mindfulness have to do with it?
Studies show that we are happiest when we feel in charge of our own lives; and have high self-esteem. Mindfulness gives us that opportunity to take control of our lives and live in the moment.
The idea that we produce better work when we are happiest is not new. Our CMO recently shared his agreement with the sentiment of the book, Contented Cows Still Give Better Milk, which goes into rich detail around cases of thriving companies that continually rank on Best Places to Work and Fortune’s “Most Admired” list. With this idea in mind and the sentiments of the majority of folks out there, we should strive for a better understanding of happiness and contentment and how we can create a place where that feeling abounds.
Practicing mindful leadership is one step in that direction. Mindful leaders inspire those around them and give them confidence. They have a greater sense of self-awareness and emotional intelligence (EQ). This mindfulness breeds confidence and a better sense of EQ, and in turn creates a happier and more productive workforce!