Compassion in the Workplace

Take a sustainable approach to challenges in life and the workplace by cultivating compassion.

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October 24, 2017

8 a.m. - noon

$395 Includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.

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This class is part of the Mindful Executive Certificate Program.

About the Program

According to Chip Conley, "The most forgotten fact in business is that we are all human." Perhaps this is why research has found that fifty-two percent of employees thought of quitting, changing jobs, or declining a promotion because they were unhappy. Fortunately, there is a new and exciting body of research emerging that shows the key to good employee health, organizational well-being, and an improved bottom line is the cultivation of compassion in organizations. Compassion has been used by some most famous and accomplished world leaders (Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and more), as well as in highly successful organizations such as Google, General Mills, Vision Service Plan, CISCO Systems, and Facebook.

By creating a culture of compassion in organizations, research has found that employees are less stressed and fearful and more satisfied, loyal, engaged, and resilient. With compassion, employees nurture their capacities to be kind, forgiving, and helpful which leads to a more efficient, productive, and pleasant place of work. This is how businesses and humans can thrive together.

Benefits

Compassion in daily business and personal life can inspire:

  • Increased awareness of business issues - before they become a problem
  • Improved focus and thinking - leading to high level strategic planning
  • Decrease in stress and stress related illness – reducing absenteeism and lowering health care plan costs
  • Improved business relationships - through compassion for self and others
  • Shift in perception and action – finding a more constructive approach that sets the stage for a positive change in company culture

Who Should Attend

While the primary audience for this workshop is leaders in business, professionals in the field of mental health and executive coaching can also derive great benefit from the training. Therapists working from a mindfulness and acceptance framework with interpersonal, relationship and professional issues in their clients will find that this program prepares them to translate these practices into a business context.

About the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

The WorkLife Integration Program (WIP) at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness is dedicated to delivering outstanding customized mindfulness resources that have a positive impact on business, individuals, and culture while integrating personal health and well-being with business success.

The Center for Mindfulness is a program within the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry. The foundation of our work lies in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. The profound effects of this work are strongly supported by a large body of scientific research, some of which will be shared during this workshop.

For more information, visit http://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/mindfulness/

Instructor

Megan Leuchars is a Senior Instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a Certified Instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Director of Outreach at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan has developed and delivered various unique customized Mindfulness programs for Fortune 500 companies, education, health care, and academic settings. In addition to teaching, she is one of the founders and instructors of the UCSD Center’s WorkLife Integration Program and the MBSR Teacher Training Practicum. Megan has also co-founded the San Diego Center For Well Being, where she instructs various Mindfulness courses and workshops. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping the lives they want. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize the best resource they have: themselves.

Michelle Becker's background in business, as a retired CPA; her experience teaching mindfulness and compassion, and her work as a psychotherapist specializing in relationships come together when she teaches about cultivating a culture of compassion in business. Michelle is Director of Compassion Programs at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a co-founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training, and a certified Compassion Cultivation Teacher through Stanford. Michelle teaches internationally on the topic of compassion and self-compassion, including the value of bringing these practices into our work lives.