Why mindfulness for workplaces

Some people lack the tools and skills to be able to achieve balance at work. Research shows that mindfulness can help staff take a pre-emptive approach to managing their mental health, their stress and their emotions in the workplace 4,5,6


Meet Andy.

He introduced Smiling Mind into his business to help his staff be successful at work and in life.


1 in 5 Australians have taken time off work in the past year due to feeling mentally unwell1

Mental Health in the workplace is everyone's business.

Change in statistics like this start at the top, where business leaders need to adopt a pre-emptive approach to the mental health of their staff.

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Every dollar spent supporting staff with mental health issues yields a 230% return in improved productivity2

But good leaders don't just care about productivity, they care about people.

Staff are an organisation's most precious asset and supporting them through mental health issues will keep them engaged.

Untreated mental health conditions cost businesses about $11b every year3

You've told us that staff retention and absenteeism is a huge issue for a modern workplace.

Our packages can help you create a mindful culture where your staff want to turn up, connect with purpose and join you on your business journey.

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Why do we charge for the workplace program?

Because our app is 100% free to over two million people and we need funding to help every mind thrive.

Unlike other workplace wellbeing offerings in the market, our profits are used to keep our app free and help Smiling Mind support the delivery of mindfulness resources in Australian schools.


Imagine a workplace where your colleagues and employees are less stressed and more productive5,7 Everyday. A workplace where, for 8-hours a day, staff use tools to have a better balance between their desks and their families.


For Employees

  • Emotion regulation4
  • Improved focus8
  • Less stress5
  • Less anxiety10

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For Employers

  • Improved productivity7,8
  • Reduced absenteeism2,3
  • Less management stress5

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For Businesses

  • Improved productivity7,8
  • Focussed staff9
  • Better overall staff mental health4

I'm convinced and I'm ready to bring mindfulness into my workplace.

The science behind mindfulness 


We put our Smiling Mind app for workplaces to the test with a global tech company

IBM believes that wellbeing and employee engagement go hand-in-hand with productivity and profits.

A survey of our digital learning platform among IBM’s employees found: 

  • 68% of users reported a greater sense of calm
  • 42% reported feeling more focussed
  • 37% of people use the App during the working day
  • 79% find the Smiling Mind App to be of personal benefit

I'm an Employee


Here are the powerful ways that mindfulness can benefit your approach to work:

It can help you to regulate your emotions, reduce stress, improve focus and improve your productivity4,8,5,7 

Nominate your workplace

Does your workplace need mindfulness? Nominate them confidentially below and we'll be in touch.


I'm an Employer


Employers can see tangible and financial benefits by introducing mindfulness and regular meditation as part of their wellbeing culture2 

Mindful awareness creates a solid foundation for all other Human Resources and Learning and Development initiatives, it can help with reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and overall staff stress reduction2,3,5,7,8

Are you serious about helping your staff and helping Smiling Mind support Australian students? Book a package.


What staff are saying

“If someone can become more creative, have higher levels of pattern-recognition, greater confidence, greater motivation, greater focus, greater concentration, less anxiety and less brain fog, obviously they’re going to be more valuable to a company.”
— Source: Forbes, 28.6.2016 The Science Is In, and Meditation May be the Next Big Business Opportunity

“We acknowledge that the world of work is more intense than ever. Significant change and complexity being thrown at us, in particular since the global financial crisis – dealing with change and complexity has become the new normal as businesses seek to adapt, survive and thrive. This calls on extra levels of resilience from everyone. Positive psychology in particular mindfulness meditation can support people’s resilience levels and assist people to manage the stressful environment we live in”.
— PwC, Learning and Development Manager

“I’ve seen quite a few introductions to mindfulness practice and I think this is one of the best and most accessible ones I’ve seen. Lucy’s use of analogies makes it really easy to understand the concepts and benefits of mindfulness. Good job on bringing this into BP.”
— BP employee




1. TNS & beyondblue 2014: State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia- see: https://www.headsup.org.au/docs/default-source/resources/bl1270-report---tns-the-state-of-mental-health-in-australian-workplaces-hr.pdf?sfvrsn=8
2. Hilton, M: Assisting the Return on Investment of Good Mental Health Practices as cited in Cowan, G. Best Practice in Managing mental Health in the Workplace.
3. PwC 2014: A mentally healthy workplace: Return on Investment Analysis - see: https://www.headsup.org.au/docs/default-source/resources/beyondblue_workplaceroi_finalreport_may-2014.pdf
4. Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical psychology review, 31(6), 1041-1056.
5. Taren, A. A., Gianaros, P. J., Greco, C. M., Lindsay, E. K., Fairgrieve, A., Brown, K. W., ... & Bursley, J. K. (2015). Mindfulness meditation training alters stress-related amygdala resting state functional connectivity: a randomized controlled trial. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(12), 1758-1768.
5. Hindman, R. K., Glass, C. R., Arnkoff, D. B., & Maron, D. D. (2015). A comparison of formal and informal mindfulness programs for stress reduction in university students. Mindfulness, 6(4), 873-884.
6. Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical psychology review, 31(6), 1041-1056.
7. Dane & Brummel, (2014) Examining workplace mindfulness and its relations to job performance and turnover intentionHuman Relations, 67 (1), 105 - 128. Human Relations, 67 (1), 105 - 128.
8.. Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., Dunn, T., Singh, N., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Meditation Awareness Training for work-related wellbeing and job performance: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,12, 806-823
9. Fox, K. C., Nijeboer, S., Dixon, M. L., Floman, J. L., Ellamil, M., Rumak, S. P., ... & Christoff, K. (2014). Is meditation associated with altered brain structure? A systematic review and meta-analysis of morphometric neuroimaging in meditation practitioners. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 43, 48-73.
10. Hölzel, B. K., Hoge, E. A., Greve, D. N., Gard, T., Creswell, J. D., Brown, K. W., ... & Lazar, S. W. (2013). Neural mechanisms of symptom improvements in generalized anxiety disorder following mindfulness training. NeuroImage: Clinical, 2, 448-458