Rady School of Management

Compassion in the Workplace: Empowering Performance

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About the course

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.

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Megan Prager

Megan Prager is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor, a Certified Yoga Instructor, Director of Outreach at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and Adjunct Faculty at San Diego State University. In addition to teaching Mindfulne...

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Michelle Becker

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 a co-founder of the Min...

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