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Xero and BlueSkyMinds – Mindfulness Strategy

Xero and BlueSkyMinds have partnered together to bring about sustainable, measurable change to wellbeing and performance using a range of mindfulness based strategies

Partnership Story: Creating a Mindful Culture at Xero


In 2017 Xero experienced a sustained period of high growth combined with a high paced, high change working environment. Some of its lowest engagement scores related to mental wellbeing, such as being overwhelmed, high workload and work related stress. One of Xero’s strategic objectives was to improve the mental wellbeing of its people.
Xero wanted a research based programme and recognised that Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has been scientifically proven to be effective in reducing stress. Xero partnered with us to deliberately build a mindfulness strategy designed to see long term, sustained results.

To date Xero has put over 450 of its people through High Performing Minds. They have seen a significant reduction in stress, increase in resilience and productivity and have been finalists for a range of HRD, Employee Experience and HRINZ awards.

The Strategy is based on the following building blocks:

  • Offering High Performing Minds nationwide to 450+ employees
  • Booking in regular one hour mindfulness introductory sessions
  • Providing quiet spaces where people can practice mindfulness
  • Weekly mindfulness meditation sessions
  • Training mindful champs, with the task of building a mindful community at Xero
  • Developing an Advanced programme focusing on compassion and performance

Company Bio

  • Company name: Xero
  • Industry: IT
  • Location: New Zealand

Xero is the emerging global leader of online accounting software that connects small businesses to their advisors and other services. Xero provides business owners with real-time visibility of their financial position and performance in a way that's simple, smart and secure.

The impact Snapshot


Increase in Ability to Optimise Productivity


Increase in Resilience


Reduction in Self-Perceived Stress


Reduction in Mind Wandering

AUT Partnership Story

AUT Partnership Story

Building Presence and Compassion at Auckland’s University of Technology.

AAI Partnership Story

AAI Partnership Story

AA Insurance and BlueSkyMinds have partnered together since 2019 to offer a range of mindfulness based programmes to employees

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