The stress prevalence and cost in European countries has been highlighted by several institutions and researchers. The cost of WRS (Work-Related Stress) within the EU-15 for 2014 was estimated to be 26.47 billion EUR. Costs mainly concern:
– productivity losses;
– health care and medical costs
If you decide to participate in this “mindfulness in nature” training, this could help to lower costs of WRS and you and people in your company could experience the benefit that comes from the “mindfulness in nature” practices. Improved productivity and a healthy workforce are good for the company and for society.
– Legal requirement: the European Directives and National legislation inside EU covers stress assessment and prevention as a duty of organisations;
– Ethical requirement: one of the most basic of universally accepted ethical principles is to “do no harm” to others. In the workplace, this means ensuring employees’ health and prevent stress at work.
This training will enable you to:
– get suggestions on which actions to take to help in coping with WRS;
– be able to get feedback on the perceived situation in your company (if you are interested);
– be able to improve the organizational care perceived by your workers and thus raise the profile of your company by using innovative tools against work-related stress such as mindfulness in nature.
A facilitator is a person that leads the assessment activities and supports employers and employees during the learning process, with the goal to reduce stress, improve wellbeing and productivity. In order to solve doubts, know more about the platform, and share their own experience with other people that act as Facilitator, a Facilitator Virtual Community has been created. This is a network of facilitators based on an open forum to debate, share experiences and engage with people worldwide!
The Facilitator is that person that leads the employees and the organisation in the learning process to reduce stress and improve mindfulness in nature-based practices mindfulness in the work environment.
People from the Human Resource Department are the ones that best might develop this role. However, employers, managers, owners and line managers from small and medium companies, after completing the training offered by the platform, might also play this role. The facilitator can also be a Health and Safety Officer or workers’ representative for health and safety.
The facilitator community is a forum made by all the facilitators in which they can discuss the program’s implementation in their companies and eventually discuss some outcomes, difficulties or doubts.
The facilitator should acquire the basic knowledge related with stress, mindfulness in nature-based practices and how to manage the Mindliven platform. Moreover, the platform offers tools to design and carry out a risk assessment and how to interpret such data in order to develop an action plan.
TO PARTICIPATE AS A COMPANY – INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE WELLNESS AT WORK ASSESSMENT PART
This part of the instructions is for “Facilitators”. The Facilitator is the person that leads the employees and the organisation in the learning process to reduce stress and improve mindfulness in nature-based practices in the work environment. People from the Human Resource Department are the ones that best might develop this role. However, employers, managers, owners and line managers from small and medium companies, after completing the training offered by the platform, might also play this role.
Thank you for taking on the role of facilitator for your company!
In this short section we want to explain how this training works and how the evaluation works, that is, the questionnaires you are going to fill out!
The “Mindfulness-in-Nature Based Training through Virtual Environments” (MINDLIVEN) project aims to provide an innovative solution for managing work-related stress. The project aims to provide Mindfulness-based training in natural environments through the use of virtual environments.
The platform is structured in video lessons, which include both a theoretical and a practical part.
Before starting with the video lessons, the worker/employee will be asked questions regarding the stress level of the workplace, how familiar one is with meditation practices, what kind of relationship one has with the natural world around us; some questions want to measure the levels of perceived restorativeness in the workplace, and other questions want to investigate the emotional life of the individual, thus how he/she controls, manages and regulates his/her emotions. The questionnaire compilation part will take approximately 25 minutes.
To participate as a company, you must apply for the MINDLIVEN Company Code by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line: “MINDLIVEN Company Code.”
The answers provided are completely ANONYMOUS. To ensure this, workers/employees are asked to enter two codes: a personal one, generated by themselves through generic personal information that the individual knows, and a MINDLIVEN Company Code, which you will communicate.
If, for reasons of interest regarding organisational wellbeing, your company is interested in having access to the responses of its workers/employees, a request should necessarily be sent by email to email@example.com with the following subject line “MINDLIVEN – corporate data.”
The data will be disclosed in aggregate form. If the workers/employees of your company who participated are NOT more than 4, the data cannot be disclosed, to ensure anonymity.
Thank you, we greatly appreciate your participation!