updated on 23 August 2019
International firm Dentons has appointed a ‘chief mindfulness officer’.
Karina Furga-Dabrowska, a partner at the firm, is now responsible for rolling out the ‘NextMind’ programme, which involves mindfulness and stress reduction techniques such as meditation. As the Law Gazette reports, NextMind was trialled last year across Dentons’ European offices and participants recorded feeling less stressed and noted improvements in their social and emotional wellbeing.
However, critics of the increasing adoption of ‘corporate mindfulness’ argue that it is just a way to avoid meaningful workplace changes by instead encouraging employees to be more resilient in the face of the harmful levels of stress inherent to their jobs.
Furga-Dabrowska said: “Neuroscientific research shows that regular mindfulness practice improves resilience, communication, productivity and wellbeing, which are not only beneficial for our people, but also for our bottom line.”