Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Workplace

This webinar is designed to teach participants how to utilized MBSR techniques as a means to reduce stress and burnout, promote positive workplace functioning, and improve job satisfaction and productivity. 

Instructor: Dr. Tracy L. Skaer
Date: Thursday January 24, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST

Duration: 60 Minutes

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Workplace health and wellbeing is a rising public health concern. Poor employee health can be costly to the organization (e.g. absenteeism, poor productivity, reduced attention and workplace safety).

Chronic stress has been shown to impinge decision-making, reduce concentration, immune system responses, and job satisfaction, cause psychological distress (e.g. depression and anxiety) and coronary heart disease, and negatively impact client rapport and personal relationships.

Perceived stress increases the risk of burnout, a syndrome of depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and feelings of low personal accomplishment. Stressful working conditions can lead to lateral violence (e.g., non-verbal innuendo, undermining, withholding information, verbal affront, scape-goating, backstabbing, infighting, disrespecting privacy, and broken confidence). Lateral violence creates negative workplace relationships and disrupts team effectiveness, resulting burnout and turnover.

Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have been shown to significantly reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout. MBIs are a mechanism for reducing negative emotional reactions, enhancing resilience, and promoting self-healing. Mindfulness fosters acute awareness of the "present moment" and the impermanent nature of things. Participants are thereby able to cultivate the ability to respond to stimuli in a nonjudgmental way; allowing them to navigate their lives in a manner that does not involve attachment to particular beliefs. The first formal program, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979.

MBSR teaches participants to let go of ruminations and fears about the past and future to become more aware of, and relate differently to, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Participants are then able to identify their habitual reactions to stress and promote healthier, more adaptive ways of coping.

Mindfulness reduces stress by:

  • Enhancing awareness of thoughts in order to identify and reduce negative response styles (e.g. pessimism, ruminative thinking)
  • Reducing emotional reactivity; pausing to think with a "wise mind" to find the best solution
  • Creating a "being present" mindset which is associated with relaxation as opposed to "doing" mode requiring action and a stress response
  • Improving awareness and sensitivity to the needs of the body and mind
  • Increasing awareness of the emotions of others creating enhanced empathy and reduced conflict
  • Promoting care and compassion for yourself and others thereby inhibiting the stress response
  • Reducing the fear response and threat detection
  • Enhancing cognitive function and improving concentration skills on tasks at hand
  • Changing attitudes about stressors and promoting positive thinking towards stress

Mindfulness is fundamentally connected to many facets of workplace functioning. Mindfulness effects on attention, cognition, emotional, behavior, and physiology impact key organizational outcomes including leadership, motivation, performance, relationships, and well-being. Mindful communications have also been associated with enhanced empathy, attention, and listening.

MBIs are important tools for work/life that are being included as part of a comprehensive worksite wellness programs throughout the world. This webinar is designed to teach participants how to utilize MBSR techniques to reduce stress and burnout, promote positive workplace functioning, and improve job satisfaction and productivity.

Why should you Attend: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is proven to help restore work-life balance. MBSR was pioneered in 1979 and has emerged as a novel intervention for chronic pain management, behavior modification, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and addictions.

MBSR is a useful tool to individual employees and can be incorporated into any worksite wellness program.

This program is designed for any level employee to learn how to better cope with their work-life stress using MBSR techniques.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • MBSR and its Practice Techniques
  • MBSR's effects on the Brain and Work-life Balance
  • MBSR Exercise
  • Resources for Life-Long Practice

Who Will Benefit:
  • Any Level Employee from All Occupations

Speaker Profile
Dr. Tracy L. Skaer is a tenured Professor Emeritus of Pharmacotherapy, licensed pharmacist in three states (WA, CA, ID), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) practitioner. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California (2000) and MBSR training (2007) through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center of Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society from world renowned mentors Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli.

She has received training in mental health first aid for adults and youths from the National Council for Behavioral Health, as well as, serves as a suicide awareness and referral trainer for the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

Since 1991, Dr. Skaer has received over $3.2 million in funding to support her research, published 133 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 6 textbook chapters, as well as presented over 100 abstracts at conferences around the world.

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