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Mindfulness popularity has brought positive effects, such as, interest and attention from diversified fields like corporate companies, public institutions, private businesses and non-profit organizations. Most of these types of institutions are looking for ways to increase productivity, decrease stress as well as lower healthcare costs. Places like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Aetna, General Mills, the Mayo Clinic, L’oreal, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, and the US Marines* are just a few samples of places that have integrated mindfulness programs into their company cultures in the recent years.
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According to the studies the places with more mindful leaders had employees with lower levels of emotional exhaustion. Also, employees reported having better work-life balances, and overall job satisfaction. These outcomes demonstrate the significance of the wellbeing of employees when it comes to institutions that are looking to decrease turn-over and healthcare costs.
Improved decision making
Research indicates that people with increased mindfulness had a lower tendency to have misconceptions or make rational decisions towards the value of an invested activity, in other words, people were able to improve their decision making without being affected by the time invested on the task. For institutions focused productivity, this is important because time management and decisiveness can bring a big impact on an employee’s performance costs for an institution.
Better focus on tasks
Scientists have discovered that mindfulness increases cognitive skills and attention, making employees better at juggling multiple things at once. The cognitive skills are the main areas of the brain that let us think, read, remember, reason, and pay attention, so improvement in such areas is key for employers looking to better productivity in the workplace.
Reduce Stress & Anxiety
Mindfulness makes perfect sense for dealing with stress and anxiety because it takes you out of fight-or-flight mode and brings you into a relaxed state of mental clarity and calm. By becoming more aware of your thoughts and body, you can better assess and identify your feelings and approach them in a more positive way. Scientifically, Mindfulness practice reduces activity in the stress initiating part of your brain called the amygdala.
Creativity greatly depends on your mental state. Mindfulness helps you to get into a creative frame of mind by combating the negative thoughts that hinder creative thinking and self-expression. The fact that mindfulness focuses on the present helps you to think freely and creatively and allows your mind the space to bounce off ideas.
Increases Emotional Intelligence and Resilience
Mindfulness meditation helps increase emotional intelligence in three major ways: It improves your ability to comprehend your own emotions; It helps you learn how to recognize the emotions of other people around you; It strengthens your ability to govern and control your emotions. It also improves a person’s ability to use their emotions effectively by helping them determine which emotions are beneficial when undertaking certain activities.
We live in a world full of distractions. With the constant influx of texts, tweets and IM’s, many of us have lost our ability to actively listen and be present. By incorporating mindfulness into your day, you can retrain yourself to focus on the present moment and truly listen to people with compassion and kindness. Not only does this have a positive impact on the people around you, it makes your day more interesting because you are engaging in active conversations with people and learning about them.
Mindfulness & ROI
Bringing mindfulness to the workplace has the potential to decrease people’s stress and anxiety through heightened awareness, which in turn leads to improved performance. Also, perhaps most importantly from a leadership perspective, mindfulness encourages engagement. Being fully present as a leader— and allowing your team to be fully in the moment — will reap rewards both personally and professionally.
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- The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace (January 16, 2019). https://www.behavioralessentials.com/the-benefits-of-mindfulness-in-the-workplace/
- Cortland J. Dahla, Christine D. Wilson-Mendenhalla, and Richard J. Davidson. The plasticity of well-being: A training-based framework for the cultivation of human flourishing. Edited by Michael I. Posner, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, and approved October 29, 2020 (received for review August 19, 2020).
- Birdie, A. K. (2015). Mindfulness and its role in workplace. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, 6(4), 432-435.
- Brown, L. (2017, March 30). Why more companies are incorporating meditation into the workplace. Shape, Retrieved from http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/why-more-companies-are-incorporating-meditation-workplace
- eMindful (February 2, 2015). With eMindful, companies and consumers may finally have a solution for high health risks, productivity losses, and medical costs [Press release]. Retrieved from https://www.benefitnews.com/opinion/mindfulness-training-poised-to-take-off-as-new-employee-benefit
- Gannett, A. B. (2012, July 10). Meditation can keep you more focused at work, study says. USA Today, Retrieved from http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/jobcenter/workplace/bruzzese/story/2012-07-08/meditation-helps-your-work/56071024/1