Meditate

/ˈmedəˌtāt/

To think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

THE ISSUE

Did you know that  U.S. companies have seen an loss of over $200 billion annually on stress-related employee issues including absenteeism and lack of productivity? Even more startling is the fact that, according to the American Psychological Association, over $500 billion dollars is lost to general workplace stress.

In order to tackle an epidemic as great as workplace stress, companies and organizations must first look to the core root of the problem. While the workplace certainly has business demands that cannot be compromised, finding ways to encourage healthy workplace practices is the key to finding the balance between work and overall mental health.

When was the last time you felt as if you truly took a break from everything you were doing at work? Depending on the industry, it may have been a very long time. From working lunches, to mobile work emails, to the stress of an upcoming project, the vast majority of individuals are unable to truly break from all that their professional life is throwing at them. What does a true break feel like and what can it do for your overall performance?

THE SOLUTION

Tackling workplace stress is on the priority list of many, many companies. With things such as absenteeism, turnover, and overall productivity on the line, it should be number one on a list of things to work on. Through meditation, companies have found tremendous success in these areas and beyond to better their employee’s overall health and well-being.

In fact, in 2003, Transport for London introduced a stress management course following an internal review. After this course, which included meditation techniques, the company found:

A study conducted at the University of Washington found that those who had meditation training in the workplace were able to stay on task longer and were less distracted. Meditation also improved memory and alleviated stress in those that participated in the study.

The success of meditation within organizations can be found far and wide; a Detroit based chemical plant posted the following results three years after implementing meditation into their daily and weekly routines:

Finding ways to implement meditation strategies into your company’s day-to-day lives can help set them up for success within your organization. Companies across the world have found the benefits of doing so and are seeing tremendous results within their teams.

Utilizing meditation techniques and practices isn’t necessarily closing your eyes, putting your fingers together, and saying “ohm” until you feel more relaxed. There are countless ways to take a few moments for yourself during the day to focus and recenter yourself, it’s just about setting your employees up for success in the workplace by providing them with healthy solutions to workplace stress.

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Mindfulness

/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

THE ISSUE

Through our research, we have looked deep into the heart of companies to find ways in which their employees can become more engaged and enthralled in their day-to-day lives in a professional setting. “Stress is the no. 1 epidemic of our civilization,” according to author Deepak Chopra. “Indirectly or directly, it’s related to things like insomnia, anxiety, fear, but [also] cardiovascular illness, inflammation in the body, heart disease, autoimmune illnesses. So meditation is a very effective way to start tackling this problem, this epidemic of stress.”

Think to the last time you were sitting at your desk at work, that may even be right now. Now think of how often your mind wandered or how often you were distracted by things like text messages, personal (and professional) emails, phone calls, social media, and the like. It’s probably much more than you may realize. In fact, research has shown that our minds wander 50% of the time which can have a detrimental effect on everything from productivity to stress levels.

THE SOLUTION

What’s a company or even employee supposed to do to remain productive throughout their day and focused on their day-to-day tasks? For some, it can seem as if this is an impossible feat in the age of technology. However, this isn’t the case, it’s even more so the opposite. Mindfulness has been proven to boost everything from morale to productivity to many things in between.

Countless studies have been done regarding the effects of mindfulness in the workplace and beyond. According one study, after two weeks of mindfulness training, participants found an “increased sense of well-being, decreased emotional exhaustion at work, and even increased job satisfaction.” The benefits of mindfulness have been proven time and time again; some statistics on people who practice it have included results like:

These benefits aren’t solely personal either. In fact, many companies have found tremendous success in the workplace by providing their employees with opportunities and practice mindfulness throughout their day.

Organizations and businesses alike have an incredible opportunity to develop a life-changing experience for their employees by giving them the tools for success and helping them succeed both in and outside of the workplace. We have found that when companies actively participate in their employee’s goals both personally and professionally, the results can be staggering.

Through daily and weekly mindfulness practices, you can elevate your company to its fullest potential and provide your employees with a desire to push themselves and the company further.

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