Im digitalen Zeitalter bekommen unsere Tools täglich Updates, doch der Mensch bleibt meistens auf einer alten Version. Gelong Thubten plädiert für ein Upgrade für unsere interne Software durch Mindfulness-Training. Und da es im Business letztendlich um Effektivität und Wirtschaftlichkeit gehen muss, verrät der tibetische Mönch im C-Suite-Interview einen Business Case für Mindfulness.
Wollen Sie sich und Ihren Mitarbeitern ein Mindfulness-Upgrade ermöglichen? Erhalten Sie einen Einblick in Mindfulness mit dem tibetischen Mönch Gelong Thubten bei der C-SUITE am 28. und 29. Juni in Berlin.
Mindfulness interview with Gelong Thubten
Gelong Thubten, you teach mindfulness at big enterprises, like Google. Why and how can companies become more mindful?
Gelong Thubten: I teach at places such as Google, where one expects to find things like mindfulness, however I also work with universities, hospitals and companies such as Deutsche Bank. Interest in mindfulness is spreading fast. It is becoming well known that when companies provide mindfulness training for their staff, this provides dynamic tools for reducing stress, increasing mental focus and finding a deeper sense of fulfilment and motivation. A company benefits hugely from having a happy and productive staff.
Do you fear we lose our mindfulness in the digital age?
Gelong Thubten: Technology has helped us in many ways but it has made us more distracted. Our minds have become more speedy and unsettled. We don’t have much peace. We’ve become less connected to the present moment, because our minds are constantly focused on an almost constant stream of information. Many people are addicted to their phones and to social media – this is a recent phenomenon, and it has made our lives very different. We’ve become less able to connect to the people around us, because we’re busy looking at people across the world. The virtual relationships we have aren’t always so genuine as people tend to share an idealised image of themselves on social media. This can create competitive feelings as well as insecurity. Mindfulness is needed now more than ever, so that we can restore a sense of balance.
Do you think, employees are overburdened sometimes by the changing requirements in the digital age?
Gelong Thubten: Employees are expected to work at the same speed as their computers. We keep upgrading the machines, but what about our own internal software? The digital age was meant to make our lives easier, but we’ve simply ended up with more on our plates. The workload keeps growing, and we’re not even sure what the aim is anymore – we get caught in a cycle of work which never seems to stop. We take our work home and find no relief from it.
How can companies benefit from practicing mindfulness?
Gelong Thubten: It will help companies to have less stressed, and more focused staff. It will also bring more cohesion to teams and a stronger sense of motivation. People can feel more connected to their work, to each other and to the company as a whole.
Could businesses even increase their efficiency by deploying mindfulness training and meditation?
Gelong Thubten: Yes, if people practise mindfulness, they will become more efficient, and this helps the company as a whole. There is definitely a ‘business case’ for mindfulness training. Billions of dollars are lost every year due to stress – people making mistakes, taking time off due to ill health and burnout. Mindfulness is a highly effective (and cheap!) way to reduce stress, as well improve focus, and this will naturally benefit the entire company.