To date, I have conducted a study of active Mindful Morning group members, including leaders and individual contributors from various departments such as IT, Recruiting, Training, Finance, Marketing, and Sustainability.* High level results are below.
It was confirmed that attending Mindful Mornings has a positive impact on the level of workplace engagement of group members by creating a sense of belonging, connecting departments, and helping group members feel more ready to take on the day. In each of these areas, approximately 95% of participants agreed there is a positive impact.
Creating a Sense of Belonging
When asked whether they felt a stronger sense of belonging in the workplace by attending this group, 95% of people surveyed agreed. One group member said, “It makes me think about how I interact with others and how I approach my work relationships. I am a pretty open and honest person but this group has encouraged me to share on a deeper level.” Attending Mindful Mornings increases engagement by creating a sense of belonging.
95% of people surveyed agreed attending the group helps connect them to other departments. One member stated, “I have more familiarity with colleagues outside of my department and understand their goals and obstacles better.” Another member said, “It encourages me to invite others to join in on the daily ritual of starting the day of with inspiration, aiding in bringing multiple departments together to learn more about each other.” Cross-departmental connection helps establish relationships with group members and helps them to better understand goals of different areas of the business.
Feeling More Ready to Take on the Day
95% of people surveyed agreed they feel more ready to take on the day when they attend the group. One member stated that the group “dulls the mental edge of barely hanging in there.” This same member goes on to say that the group “adds a confident ‘no challenge is too difficult’ state of mind.” Yet another member stated, “the insight, philosophies and overall mood of the group helps me to set the pace for the day, both in attitude and goals.” Attending Mindful Mornings increases engagement by helping members feel more ready to take on the day.
Creating a Sense of Community
When asked what other ways the group impacts their level of engagement in the workplace, the major theme was the fact that the group creates a sense of community. Comments like “this group has encouraged me to share on a deeper level”, “bringing multiple departments together to learn more about each other”, “introduces me to new people around the company that I normally wouldn’t interact with”, “meeting new people, feeling ‘safe’ to share your feelings and thoughts”, “creates stronger relationships and connections in the office”, and “great network of engaged people” show that a sense of community is very important to group members.
It was confirmed that attending Mindful Mornings does have a positive impact on leadership skills, listening skills, increased productivity, and being challenged to help others. Over half of people surveyed agreed that attending the group has a positive impact in each of these areas. However, the group does not seem to have a big impact on work/life balance.
When asked whether attending the group increased their leadership skills, 68% of people surveyed agreed. One member stated, “I had lost a lot of confidence in my last job”. They continue on by stating that the group “helps me with public speaking and to find my own voice.” Another member said, “The group discussions have helped me grow during a pivotal point in my career.” Attending Mindful Mornings helps participants with their leadership skills by increasing their confidence and helping them with public speaking when they discuss topics or read the days content out loud.
When asked whether attending the group increased their productivity, 68% of people surveyed agreed. The rest of the group members were neutral. One group member stated, “I feel better prepared to approach my workload knowing that I’m not alone in troubles and struggles I have in the workplace.” Another member stated, “I know I’ll be in a better, more positive mood to tackle my day if I go.” Over half of people surveyed have seen an increase in productivity due to attending the group.
Challenged Members to Help Others
86% of people surveyed agreed that attending Mindful Mornings challenged them to help others. One group member stated “It encourages me to invite others to join in on the daily ritual of starting the day off with inspiration, aiding in bringing multiple departments together.” Another member said, “I have more familiarity with colleagues outside of my department and understand their goals and obstacles better.” Attending the group bridges gaps between departments.
Half of people surveyed agreed attending Mindful Mornings improved their work/life balance. The rest of the group members were neutral.
When asked in what other ways Mindful Mornings impacted their skills, one common theme was listening. One member stated that the group “helps with communication and listening.” Yet another member simply stated, “Listening!” Listening was a skill that I didn’t originally anticipate as being impacted through this group. Asking the open-ended survey question allowed for this qualitative data to be shared.
*This study was based on 22 active group members. Future plans to expand the study include partnering with a local university. View the full Action Research Report here.