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Create a culture of resiliency and create a sustainable, healthy, and productive work environment.
Even for those who love their jobs, sooner or later a tight deadline, hectic personal schedules or the inherently stressful responsibility of management will begin to take a toll. The Mind Body Spirit Institute (MBSI) has taken a bold stand in tackling workplace stress by facilitating the alignment of social impact and employee engagement with business objectives.
Job stress costs US employers more than $300 billion a year due to accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, decreased productivity, insurance costs, and worker compensation (American Stress Institute). Stress can and will seep into your life.
Taking a stand on important social issues is required from business leadership in today’s corporate climate.
The customizable solutions we offer are focused on reducing stress and improving health while cementing your organization’s position as a trailblazer in the development of strong and thoughtful leaders.
The following resources offer entry points into current research and present the real impact of unacknowledged stress on the health and productivity of the workforce
Mindfulness training and employee well-being
The purpose of this paper is to assess the effects of mindfulness training (MT) on employee well-being. Mindfulness is the awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, sensations, actions and surroundings in the present moment. Compared to the control group, the MT group significantly increased their mindfulness skills including observing and acting with awareness. Scores on well-being, i.e. satisfaction with life, hope and anxiety also improved and were generally maintained at follow-up. Qualitative data show additional benefits of MT such as improved concentration at work and better interpersonal relationships. More practice at home led to greater benefits suggesting a dose-response relationship between the amount of practice and substantial benefits.
Mellor, N. et al, International Journal of Workplace Health Management
Corporations’ Newest Productivity Hack: Meditation
Target, Google, and Ford have started teaching employees mindfulness.
“Gelles first reported on the rise of corporate mindfulness programs in 2012 for The Financial Times, when he described a rare but promising initiative at General Mills. In the years since, similar programs have popped up at Ford, Google, Target, Adobe—and even Goldman Sachs and Davos. This adoption has been rapid, perhaps due to its potential to help the bottom line: Aetna estimates that since instituting its mindfulness program, it has saved about $2,000 per employee in healthcare costs, and gained about $3,000 per employee in productivity. Mindful employees, the thinking goes, are healthier and more focused.”
Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic