Wellness At Work
If you’d like your employees to feel better and to do better, consider providing them with a program in organizational wellness and success that is rooted in mindfulness practices.
Many of us don’t meditate or do yoga because we believe we can’t take ourselves away from the work and practical tasks that life presents. Most employers would agree that meditation or yoga should be restricted to lunch breaks, and few would see value in having employees on top of their desks in the lotus position in the middle of the workday.
This comic image suggests that mindfulness practices divert us from the requirements of “real life.” But that’s not necessarily the case. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation, hypnosis, and yoga, are not only not diversions from real life, they actually enhance our ability to engage more fully and successfully in the work we’re called upon to do, leading to higher-quality thinking and performance on the job.
For those who worry about mindfulness practices that waste time, I should note that the inner self can be accessed unobtrusively, even in the workplace. See my August 6, 2017 blog entry (https://www.hypnotic-wellbeing.com/single-post/2017/08/06/Bad-Thought-I-dont-have-the-time-or-ability-to-meditate) that discusses the practice of focusing on some aspect of the inner body, while remaining both fully aware of everything going on in the surrounding world, and interacting with it.
Even more important, mindfulness in the workplace increases productivity. When Aetna began providing meditation and yoga classes to employees, productivity increased by an average of 62 minutes per week, to a valuation of approximately $3000 per employee per year (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/business/at-aetna-a-ceos-management-by-mantra.html).
Some of this increase is undoubtedly due to the health and well-being improvements that come from mindfulness practices, such as reductions in stress and pain, as well as improvements in sleep. And some is clearly due to the cognitive benefits, such as improved attention (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/psy/people/ytang/2007-PNAS.pdf), the ability to stay on task, better memory (http://faculty.washington.edu/wobbrock/pubs/gi-12.02), sounder decision-making (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3082218/), and better focus (www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160310141455.htm). Mindfulness also helps people to work more constructively with others.
In years past, my own anxiety disorder was severe and debilitating, and my shift to study, research, and training in mindfulness practices transformed my life. As a certified Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, Integrative Life Coach, speaker, author, and longtime university professor and spokesperson for inner wellbeing, I have touched the lives of so many who want to feel better and live happier, more productive lives. I can teach your employees how to increase motivation, reduce stress, think constructively, collaborate and build rapport with others, respond constructively to criticism, and meet challenges with equanimity and optimism.