Why Bring Contemplative Practices Into Your Organization?
The main reasons companies bring mindfulness programs into the workplace are for improved focus, resiliency, creativity, overall wellness, emotional and social intelligence skills, and stress reduction.
The World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American businesses $300 billion dollars in absenteeism, lower productivity, employee turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses each year.Currently stress is at epidemic proportions.
A recent study called the 2012 Global Mindset Index by New York-based rogenSi indicates that workforce morale has taken a significant downturn in the past year, dipping to levels not experienced since 2009 and 2010, the period during and after the financial crisis. Half of the 4,000 business professionals surveyed indicated they felt “overwhelmed and undervalued” and were motivated by, “fear of failure more than a drive for success.” Even worse, 64% of respondents said their primary motivation for staying at their jobs was money. This was echoed by the 2012 Workplace Survey released by the American Psychological Association that indicated that many Americans suffer chronic work-related stress; 41% said they “feel tense or stressed out during the workday,” an uptick from the previous year’s 36% figure. The trend was again corroborated by a telephone survey of 1,019 employed adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College. The results found that 83% of Americans are stressed by at least one thing at work.
Additionally, with heavy workloads and continual electronic connectivity, executives are having a hard time with focus of attention. In a recent Harvard study 47% of the workplace participants admitted to mind wandering when checked at various times throughout the day.
Companies that make mindfulness training part of their wellness programs are seeing value returned to their bottom lines with healthier, more focused and collaborative employees. Employees enjoy less stress, more energy, more contentment and better interpersonal relations.
What are the Benefits of a Mindfulness Program?
Studies show that people who regularly practice mindfulness:
- See their doctors less often
- Spend fewer days in the hospital
- Have faster recovery time from stressful situations
- Have memory improvement and increased creativity
- Are happier and more contented than average
- Have relieved drug and alcohol delpendencies
- Increased reaction times
- Have reduced indicators of chronic stress (such as hypertension)
- Have bolstered immune systems
I lecture and give workshops around the country on the latest modalities for well-being. Programs can be tailored to help your employees or association members with a variety of objectives: stress reduction, focus and motivation, increased resiliency, higher interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence. Please check the programs page for more information and to submit your inquiries.