THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS AND FINDING SPACE IN YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT.
There are tremendous benefits of mindfulness backed by scientific research. You can read about the neuroscience of meditation in this recent post by neuroscientist Sarah McKay.
Here is some of the research reported on related to the impact of mindfulness in the workplace, as told to Berkeley Greater Good:
- 91 percent reported it positively impacted the culture
88 percent would recommend it to a coworker
66 percent said they felt less stress or had improved stress-management capabilities
63 percent are better able manage themselves at work
60 percent reported increased focus and better decision-making skills
52 percent are able to better manage work relationships
46 percent reported increased innovation and creativity.
INVEST IN MINDFULNESS
Big businesses are smart. They’ve read the studies. They understand that time spent meditating means balanced workers who get things done. And they get that putting the mental health of their workers first increases both creativity and focus.
It seems like all the innovative CEOs are joining the mindful movement. Whether these companies introduced it as a productivity hack or as a genuine way to enhance lives, here’s whose meditating and what these meditating corporations have to say.
Steve Jobs took a practice that worked for him and shared it with Apple’s corporate culture. He was considered a pioneer of “mind technology” when he introduced Zen mindfulness meditation to the corporate structure at Apple. Workers have access to a meditation room, 30-minute daily meditation breaks, and on-site yoga and meditation classes, which were all part of a process that Steve used to reduce his own stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity.
Google was lucky enough to have one of their original software developers spearhead a program at Google that began in 2007 called, “Search Inside Yourself.” Google offers an on-site meditation space and meditation courses, believing that meditation can help improve not only employee mental health and well-being, but the company’s bottom line as well.
Yahoo offers meditation rooms and free meditation classes for employees to benefit from and reduce stress while at work. It seems that tech companies like Yahoo are the early adopters of the mindful meditation at work culture with magazines like Fast Company touting meditation as a “must-do” to get hired.
AIG Insurance, UBS Group, Bali Mindfulness Retreat, Dialogue Of Civilizations (Rhodes, Greece), Fitz Chem Corporation, Poly One Corporation, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Academy For Global Citizenship, Plainfield School District, Naperville School District, Hinsdale School District, Four Winds Waldorf School, Breaking Free (program for incarcerated women), Edward Medical Group, Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association (IPELRA), APNA Nurse Educator Conference, Village of Plainfield, Village of Bloomingdale, City of Wheaton, City of St. Charles, City of Romeoville, Will County Public Defenders Office, Will County Regional Office of Education, JFK Middle School, Jackson Elementary Of Kentucky, Floyd Fest, Summer Camp Music Fest, Romp Fest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Metaphysically Fit Fest, Runway To Hope Foundation, Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, St. Ignatius College Prep, Oswego Wellness, Connecting With You Yoga Retreat, Salveo Wellness Retreat, Operation Snowball, Dreams For Kids, Lawrence Hall Foundation, Tandem HR and many more.
“But to view mindfulness simply as the latest self-help fad underplays its potency and misses the point of why it is gaining acceptance with those who might otherwise dismiss mental training techniques closely tied to meditation -- Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, FORTUNE 500 titans, Pentagon chiefs and more.”
- TIME MAGAZINE -