Burnout. It’s running rampant in the workplace, giving rise to self-doubt, cynicism, and exhaustion. But there is an accessible solution. While increasing research shows that compassion is good for workplace productivity and satisfaction overall, it also proves that self-compassion (inner compassion applied to ourselves first) reduces stress and anxiety, giving rise to improved mental well-being, emotional resilience, physical health, and personal relationships.
Wibo Koole, MA, and Director of the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam (NL), a trailblazer in mindful leadership, and Chris Germer have adapted Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program for the workplace and leadership. It’s a program that specifically addresses the needs of people in the business community—staff, managers, and CEOs. Self-compassion enables everyone in the workplace to rebound more energetically, break through barriers more quickly, and continue pursuing goals with energy and enthusiasm.
MSC@Work is specially designed to give each participant direct experience of self-compassion through:
Learning the core principles and practices of inner compassion
Dynamic exercises to invoke and evoke this powerful resource in the workplace every day
Guided meditations and small group interactions honed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion.
Explore how you typically respond when difficulties arise and learn the necessary tools to enact the most effective alternative.
A recent article in Harvard Business Review stressed the important role mindful self-compassion could play for employees and leaders. See: Serena Chen, Give Yourself A Break: The Power of Self-Compassion.
See also from the Harvard Business Review: Christopher Germer, To Recover from Failure, Try Some Self-Compassion