Chade-Meng Tan is “Head of Personal Growth” at Google and I mentioned him in an earlier entry highlighting some of the big corporate organisations promoting employee meditation.
A really interesting article appears today in Forbes online that provides further information about Chade-Meng Tan's program appropriately called “Search Inside Yourself” .. a free course at Google designed to teach emotional intelligence through meditation.
Based on the book Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan, the course introduces ‘business-friendly mindfulness’ to train attention, develop self-knowledge and self-mastery, and create useful mental habits.
More and more organisations are seeking to implement programs and tools to encourage and support employee wellness .. after all, productive, positive and engaged employees really are your key asset. Encouraging good health (mental and physical) along with a greater awareness of others (different thoughts and different perspectives)– is vital for success in today’s competitive and rapidly changing corporate landscape.
Organisations are also well aware of the need to retain their top talent by ensuring maximum worker satisfaction and engagement, opportunities for personal creativity, team focus and office harmony.
“Instruction in mindfulness, in being able to reflect rather than react, is a genius perk to provide .. Any practice or activity that supports reflection over reactivity, encourages feeling feelings rather than acting on them, and opens awareness to what is really going on is of benefit. Slow down, notice, and savor is a great way to build mental wealth no matter where or how. It just is. All mindfulness really is good mindfulness.” (from the article Google Teaches Employees To 'Search Inside Yourself', by Todd Essig, Contributor, Forbes)
You can view the video of Meng giving a lecture on Mindfulness here.