If you are an employer in Quebec and your payroll is greater than $2 million, you have an obligation to train your employees. Under the Working Skills Act, more commonly referred to as the “1% Training Law”, companies are obligated to invest 1% of their payroll into employee training. This law was introduced in 1996 and applies to all businesses in Quebec with more than 25 employees. It is designed to help employers provide employees with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the workplace.

One of the training options that employers can choose to invest in is mindfulness training. Mindfulness training is a form of mental health training that helps employees to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Mindfulness training can also help employees to better manage stress, improve their performance, and increase their overall well-being. This article will discuss the 1% Training Law focusing on mindfulness training in Montreal.

Benefits of Mindfulness Training

There are many benefits of mindfulness training for employers and employees. For employers, mindfulness training can help to improve employee engagement and productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and increase team morale. For employees, mindfulness training can help to reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, and increase job satisfaction.

What is Mindfulness Training?

Mindfulness is a state of active, open, and aware attention to the present moment. Mindfulness training can lead to greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Through mindful training, one can develop the ability to remain present and aware while being non-judgemental.

Mindfulness training is designed to help individuals become more present. It helps individuals become more aware of their behaviours, as well as their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, on a moment-by-moment basis, allowing for more rational decisions to be made.

Benefits of mindfulness training include:

  • Building resilience to deal with change
  • Reduced levels of stress and anxiety
  • More collaborative, rational decision-making
  • Increased creativity and productivity
  • Improved team communication
  • Bolstered emotional well-being

Mindfulness training can be provided in various ways, including individual coaching and group workshops both in-person or online.

How Can Employers Invest in Mindfulness Training?

Mindfulness Space offers experiential mindfulness workshops.

As a general introduction to mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, Mindfulness Space’s workshops guide participants through the benefits of mindfulness with a strong focus on stress reduction and emotional well-being.

During mindfulness training, your employees will explore a range of simple, effective and practical mindfulness techniques which have been shown to be beneficial in daily life.

Participants will learn how mindfulness techniques can reduce stress, improve concentration, enhance workplace morale, strengthen the quality of inter-team communication, and increase emotional well-being.

Workplace stress reduction, staff development training and mindful leadership training workshops are offered in Montreal and online.

What is the Working Skills Act?

The Working Skills Act (Act Respecting Work Skills) is a provincial law in Quebec that sets out the rules and regulations for the development, recognition, and certification of work skills. The Act is intended to ensure that workers in Quebec have the necessary skills to meet the needs of the labour market. The Act also sets out the responsibilities of employers, workers, and educational institutions in developing and recognizing work skills. The Act is administered by the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale.

It is important to note, for companies who fail to meet this 1% training investment, the difference will be remitted as a contribution to the Quebec government’s workplace training fund.

Quebec has a strong emphasis on workforce training and development. Various programs and initiatives are in place to support employers and employees in acquiring the skills and qualifications necessary to meet the changing needs of today’s labour market. Employers and employees can benefit from government-funded programs, industry-specific programs, and private workplace training, such as mindfulness training, to continuously improve their skills, knowledge, and emotional well-being.

For more information on how workplace mindfulness training can help your organization, call (514) 360-7205 or contact us.

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