In the workplace
Organisations including Transport for London, eBay, Google, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential, the Home Office, the NHS and Facebook have all launched mindfulness programmes.
According to the office for National Statistics about 131m working days were lost to sickness in 2011, this equates to an average of four-and-a-half days off sick a year for each working adult. Mindfulness helps to reduce stress and supports wellbeing. As a result symptoms of stress such as:
- high blood pressure,
- reduced immune system functioning
- and digestion related illnesses such as IBS and indigestion all reduce.
People report feeling calmer and happier in their home relationships as well as at work. Teaching mindfulness to an organisation has the added benefits of reducing the stress that employees might bring in from home and reducing the stress of work which might impact on home life.
Mindfulness is being taught at the London Business School, the Drucker School of Management, Wharton Business School, Harvard Law School and Virginia Tech because through regular meditation individuals learn skills that help to make them effective and successful in business through being more content and at peace as individuals. Through feeling happier in themselves and engaged with their activity people will be more effective and capable in their work and mindfulness helps improve a team leaders ability to listen and relate to others with patience.
The long term benefits for people in demanding positions is clear. The risk of heart attack and strokes will be reduced as blood pressure and stress is reduced. Lack of sleep may contribute to Alzheimers so being able to reduce stress and improve the quality of sleep may also have the long term benefit of improved health in old age. It will become easier to focus on tasks, and decision making will be clearer. Meditating together will create a healthy team dynamic and will provide a benefit to all those involved which will add to people’s quality of life.
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