We spend more of our waking hours working than doing anything else, and researchers have found that these hours are on average the least happy of our lives!
Endemic stress in knowledge-based industries accounts for a large proportion of workplace absence and represents a huge loss of national productivity. Meanwhile, success in most organisations relies on the very things that unhappiness and stress erode – collaboration, creativity, cognitive flexibility and effective decision-making. New perspectives from psychology and neuroscience are increasingly helping business leaders to see that the cognitive and emotional resources of their colleagues determine the health, resilience and future performance of their businesses.
In this context, forward thinking businesses are understandably keen to implement modern techniques that develop the internal resources of individuals and keep their minds healthy, much as businesses already invest in employees’ professional skills and physical health.
Mindfulness training has been at the forefront of this trend - in part owing to its growing popularity outside of the workplace through a proliferation of public courses, research studies and books, but also because it can benefit people across a broad spectrum of well-being. Mindfulness training is being used to help improve the well-being, physical health and mental health of individuals, but also those seeking new forms of personal development and connection with the world around them.
Benefits of Mindfulness in the workplace. More and more businesses are now using mindfulness to improve absenteeism, employee relationships, productivity, and profitability.
Apple, Google, Intel, NHS, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, and even Scottish Borders Council are using mindfulness. Why? < Find out why here >