In this important book, Michael Chaskalson presents a powerful case for the intentional enhancement of mindfulness in the workplace. He offers a clear and authoritative description of mindfulness and the ways in which we can facilitate it. Crucially, he also explains in detail why mindfulness training can have profoundly beneficial effects on a surprisingly wide range of aspects of individual and organizational function. In doing so, he draws on a wide base of research evidence, and on his own unique personal experience of decades of teaching awareness skills and of founding and running successful organizations. The Mindful Workplace deserves to be highly influential.
—John Teasdale, co-author of ‘The Mindful Way through Depression’ and ‘Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression’
This book is extraordinary. It offers a revolutionary and compelling solution to the problems faced in the 21st century workplace. Michael Chaskalson writes with superb clarity and wisdom to show that we no longer have to choose between economic imperatives and human well-being. Through training in mindfulness, both can flourish, to the benefit of all. A book that will be on the syllabus of every Business School that wishes to be on the frontier of knowledge and skills, but also a read for anyone who wants to understand why work can be so stressful and what to do about it.
—Mark Williams, Director, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and Co-author of ‘Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’