Mindfulness Works is New Zealand’s largest mindfulness training organisation. Mindfulness can be an effective way to reduce workforce stress and anxiety as well as enhance creativity, well-being and people skills.
Like their international counterparts, many New Zealand companies and organisations are embracing mindfulness.
Learn more about mindfulness from Stephen Archer, lead workplace trainer for Mindfulness Works in this interview from Newshub
Stephen Archer is the lead organisational and workplace mindfulness trainer for Mindfulness Works. Stephen is a director of Mindfulness Training and has unparalleled experience in the field of mindfulness and mindfulness training in New Zealand.
- Stephen holds an honours degree in Religious Studies.
- Stephen’s base training in mindfulness was as an ordained Theravadin Buddhist Monk.
Business and Mindfulness Training Background
- Stephen established Mindfulness Training to provide comprehensive mindfulness workplace training for NZ organisations and companies.
- Stephen is an affiliate of Instep, an international EAP service provider
- Stephen and his colleague, Tim Roberts deliver Mindfulness Action Learning Groups for the The Leadership Development Centre (LDC). The LDC works in partnership with chief executives and the State Services Commissioner to deliver and advise leadership development across the public sector.
- Stephen works with Mindfulness Works as our key facilitator supervisor and mentor
- Stephen offers supervision, one-to-one training, retreats and all forms of workplace training from brief 1 hour sessions to on-going courses and retreats.
Mindfulness in the Workplace and Stephen Archer in the New Zealand Media
Praise For Stephen as a Mindfulness Workplace Trainer
Air New Zealand
“We have used the services of Mindfulness Training Limited to help us to develop our Wellness Programme and Policy at Air New Zealand Cargo. During the period of programme development and in conducting training of our workforce, I have found Stephen Archer to be knowledgeable and professional in his approach to the subject of wellness and workplace stress. Stephen has presented to two target audiences, namely half day sessions for managers and 90 minute sessions for shop floor employees, both of which have been well received.”
Rick Knight, Air NZ Cargo Occupational Safety & Health Advisor
NZ Mental Health Foundation
“The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand strongly endorses mindfulness as a useful way to improve positive mental health and resilience. We recommend Stephen Archer (Mindfulness Training) as an experienced mindfulness practitioner.”
Hugh Norriss, Director of Policy & Development, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Praise for Stephen Archer and Tim Roberts as Mindfulness Trainers for the Leadership Development Centre.
“Stephen and Tim are terrific teachers – insightful, patient and inspiring. I truly believe that the practice of mindfulness is completely relevant in a work setting – busy people in the workplace, especially those charged with leading teams or solving thorny problems (and that would be all of us!) need to find a way to bring the signal to noise ratio into balance. Mindfulness helps mightily with this, and will encourage you to bring a sense of ease into your interactions with people and in the way you seek solutions or insight.”
Amy White, State Services Commission
“Stephen and Tim aren’t reading off a script about abstract concepts. These guys are in the real world and have had a wide range of experiences in the real world that are of huge value. Based purely on the feedback I have received, the work I have done with them has been the most effective leadership development I have done in the last two years. Their work will provide insights into how to be a grounded, centred and authentic leader.”
Jeff Trevella, Senior Leader, Public Service
Wellington City Council
“It has been a wonderful experience having Stephen Archer offer mindfulness training in our workplace. It has provided a very beneficial space for people to learn how to relax and renew themselves at work. It certainly has helped me to reduce stress and be more at ease in the workplace. Participants have formed an ongoing group so that they can continue to practice what they’ve learned. I think everyone has received something of value from this course and that it has made a significant contribution towards fostering a culture of wellbeing and effectiveness in our organisation. I’d recommend this training to others. Thank you.”
Andrew Morrison, Animator – Community Action City Housing Offices, Wellington
Higher staff engagement
Better mental health of staff
Better work-life balance
Healthier cultures in organisations
Higher degrees of creativity and innovation
Stronger levels of personal responsibility and leadership
Greater levels of Emotional Intelligence (E.Q.)
Less stress and worry
International Companies That Use Mindfulness
International Business people and leader’s experiences of mindfulness programmes…
“Richard Fernandez, director of executive development and a psychologist by training [at Google] , says he sees a significant difference in his work behavior since taking the [mindfulness] class. “I’m definitely much more resilient as a leader,” he says. “I listen more carefully and with less reactivity in high-stakes meetings. I work with a lot of senior executives who can be very demanding, but that doesn’t faze me anymore. It’s almost an emotional and mental bank account. I’ve now got much more of a buffer there.” New York Times April 2012
“Mr. Duane [a Google Engineer] took S.I.Y. four years ago and considers it as sort of an organizational WD-40, a necessary lubricant between driven, ambitious employees and Google’s demanding corporate culture. Helping employees handle stress and defuse emotion helps everyone work more effectively, he says.” New York Times April 2012
For Karen May, vice president for leadership and talent, S.I.Y. is a useful tool on several levels. “We have great people,” she says. “Now how do we keep them? Teaching employees with terrific technical abilities also means helping them to develop presentation skills and communication skills, helping them to understand their impact on other people, their ability to collaborate across groups and cultivate a mentality from which great motivation can spring.” New York Times April 2012
“The practice of mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you’re living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations. When you are mindful, you’re aware of your presence and the ways you impact other people. You’re able to both observe and participate in each moment, while recognizing the implications of your actions for the longer term. And that prevents you from slipping into a life that pulls you away from your values.” – Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic.
” Google’s “Search Inside Yourself” programme has introduced mindfulness to more than 1,000 employees. “ Financial Times Magazine August 2012
“Aetna, one of the largest healthcare benefits companies in the US, began rolling out mindfulness and yoga programmes to its employees in 2010. The initiative was dreamed up by Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, himself a meditator. After attracting 3,500 employees, Aetna this year began offering workplace meditation and yoga as a service it sells to customers.” Financial Times Magazine August 2012