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Intel IT employees are incorporating mindfulness practices into their daily work styles. Benefits include greater focus and reduced stress.

Intel IT employees are incorporating mindfulness practices into their daily work styles. Benefits include greater focus and reduced stress.

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  • <br /> <br /> From John C. Thomas, Intel, NIB : Mindfulness is one of the best kept secrets in business today. It is a human potential movement that has quietly emerged over the past decade, transforming individuals and organizations. It does this through simple principles and practices that make us more aware of our minds, emotions, and bodies, our intentions, and our interactions with colleagues, friends, and family. <br /> <br /> Mindfulness draws from many fields, both modern and ancient. It embodies research in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive therapies, and quantum physics, as readily as it draws on time-proven traditions of meditation, yoga, and reflective philosophies. Mindfulness is agnostic in that it respects individual’s personal beliefs, religion, or ideologies; yet it also embodies the growing universal recognition that all life is connected in a fundamental way. <br /> Mindfulness is helping a growing number of people fulfill their potential at work while achieve a greater fulfillment and harmony in their personal life. This may explain why organizations as diverse as Google, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Intel, the US Military, and universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford now offering mindfulness programs in one form or another <br /> <br /> <br />
  • <br /> After having attended only 5-6 sessions (avg), survey results show participants moving (self assessed)   from moderate  to high   (vs baseline survey) <br /> engagement , <br /> clarity, <br /> focus, <br /> wellbeing, and <br /> quality of relationships,   <br /> <br /> <br />
  • “A program such as this should be considered a foundational building block program for all employees”- 8-week participant

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  • 1. Nurturing Innovation at Intel through Mindfulness Qua Veda, Intel IT February 2013
  • 2. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.2 This presentation is for informational purposes only. INTEL MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Legal Notices
  • 3. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.3 What do Business Leaders and Employees Want? Leaders want to realize business goals • Bold new ideas • Fully engaged employees Employees want trust, and a balanced life. Intel is discovering that mindfulness practices address all of these aspirations. Mindfulness is one of the best kept secrets in business today According to recent research, 71% of American workers are not fully engaged in their work. Businesses are operating at one third of their capacity.
  • 4. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.4 What is Mindfulness? Simple practices that integrate mind and body • Full awareness of the present moment • Cultivation of healthy heart/mind habits • Can be experienced anywhere, in a few moments • Promotes holistic wellness • Improves executive functions of the brain Science shows that mindfulness improves brain functioning
  • 5. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.5 Business is Learning What Science Knows • A healthy mind emerges from a process called “integration” • Essential activities are necessary for optimum mental health • Practice enables your brain to coordinate and balance its activities • These essential mental activities strengthen your brain's internal connections and your connections with other people and the world around you Billions of brain cells Trillions of connections Neuroimaging shows mindfulness-related techniques promote significant changes in critical cognitive areas.
  • 6. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.6 Intel Employees Embrace Mindfulness Grass-roots sharing/learning about mindfulness • Began with a few employee experienced in mindfulness practice • Shared weekly with other employees during the noon hour • Connected with like-minded employees, word of mouth, blogging Employees co-created an 8-week mindfulness pilot program • Intel’s mindfulness program gained management support • Benefits noticed immediately by attendees • Helped participants focus, reduce stress, innovate Soon, business groups across Intel requested pilot programs.
  • 7. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.7 Intel’s Mindfulness Program - Course Arc The course begins with a focus on self-awareness and moves to interpersonal relationships & collective intelligence and innovation. Stilling the Mind Cultivating Presence Relational Intelligence Setting Intentions Emotional Intelligence Risk Taking & Vulnerability Theory of Emergence The Ripple Effect
  • 8. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.8 Mindfulness Gets Results Participants in 8-week mindful engineering pilot reported Higher levels of: • Clarity and focused attention • Improved work effectiveness and creativity • Improved relationships with co-workers Reduced levels of: • Mental and emotional stress • Sense of overwhelm “Without mindful engineering … the same breakthroughs would have taken much, much longer.” - pilot participant .
  • 9. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.9 Participants Sum It Up I am very excited about this work (mindfulness). In my 12 years at Intel I've never seen anything like this. Small steps like this that change our culture are vital to our business success and our personal success. This is significant! - 8-week pilot participant “A program such as this should be considered a foundational building block program for all employees”- 8-week participant. I was a bit uncomfortable jumping into this space, but some on my team had tried it and the results were too incredible to ignore. - 8-week pilot participant
  • 10. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.10 Business is taking notice We are demonstrating the power of employees to lead from inside. We are gaining engagement, empowerment, focus, and new ways of solving problems. More business groups at Intel are requesting and funding mindfulness programs. Recent articles from the press are reporting successful application of mindfulness in corporations, in the military, and in education.
  • 11. Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.11 Learn more about Intel IT’s initiatives at www.intel.com/IT Sharing Intel IT Best Practices with the World