Practice of Mindfulness at Guichon Valves

Since 2016, Guichon Valves initiated some Mindfulness practical sessions in its premises, during the working time.

What is the Mindfulness?

Simply a training to live in the present and why is it important ? Because the past does not exist anymore, the future has not happened yet and our single space of action and freedom is in the present. Stress and unease come from our difficulty to be here and now and our well-being comes back and reveals as soon as we achieve this!

How does it work?

On the basis of hundreds of scientific studies and millennia experiences, Guichon Valves spreads and builds a corporate humanistic vision, being convinced that Man is at the center of the field and that well-being leads to do well in a virtuous loop. The former CEO of Guichon practices this meditation (Mindfulness). After he personally discovered it, he wished to share it within the company. That is why in 2016, during its premises extension construction, Guichon arranged a practice room, trained a dozen people and hired an engineer with competences in this area as Mindfulness facilitator.

mindfulness practice in Guichon

A session is proposed every day, 15 minutes during the working time, in the morning or in the afternoon for a regular practice, or to make it discover to the new entrants, customers, suppliers, colleagues, agents and even our auditor! Some longer sessions are also organized on Thursday evening or over a morning.

Since the beginning , Guichon provided 194 sessions to 90 different persons. It allows maintaining and improving well-being for the people who practice regularly, to differentiate ourselves for recruitments and support our CSR action. It is also and above all a place for exchange, for company pulse-taking and personal transformation, where great discoveries and awareness often arise. Guichon is ready for that and works to make the company a place where fundamental psychological needs are nourished, so that each and every one feels motivated, affording to meet the field and customers’ requests, where relationships are healthy and everyone can express and being heard.

After each session, we do a feedback. People report a calming down, some life’s awareness, tools to live better their emotions, their stress, and a general well-being. The most striking is that everyone leave the mindfulness room ready for action, in peace, and most of the time smiling.

Some other activities are planned and were held, such as well-being workshops based on positive psychology and non-violent communication.

mindfulness room in Guichon

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