Mindfulness & Safety


I am very passionate about mindfulness simply because I am more present at what is happening right now. While pretty obvious, I've never seen a connection between attention and #safety. Until I read the following in Brainsafe 2.0 by Gerd-Jan Frijters, which makes sense:


Mindfulness is a form of meditation where you focus on the mental and physical sensations of the moment itself. In a broader sense, mindfulness is an attitude to life in which both negative and positive experiences we accept. Let go of judgments, be patient, take a critical look at your beliefs, trust and accept yourself.

As a result, employees learn, for example, to perform a task more calmly and with more attention, to view the workplace with a peripheral view, to practice a certain gentleness in communication and dialogue and to perform tasks one by one. Regular exercise leads to a more concentrated work posture and less distraction. It improves the quality of attention, stability, control and efficiency. The employee is more #aware of a task. #Mindfulness leads to fewer harmful emotional disorders, such as stress, anxiety and depression, and the employee is more optimistic about his well-being and more satisfied with life. Responses to conflict and tension are more constructive. It strengthens the sense of belonging and in particular the #safetybehaviour around participation, such as reporting unsafe situations or addressing a colleague. It increases #intrinsicmotivation. The employee will naturally exhibit #safety behaviour.

© 2020 Rob Kreté, Veiligheid van Binnenuit | Illustraties Tom van Dun, infocomics.nl