Mindfulness in the Workplace

The majority of businesses operate in highly competitive environments and workplaces are constantly being challenged to do more with less. They are tasked with increasing revenue, servicing more customers, and being more innovative – and doing it all with less money and resources. As a result of these demands, hundreds of thousands of employees are struggling with work-related stress, depression, and anxiety. [1] These high-stress levels are counterproductive to business goals as employees dealing with stress are less effective, creative, and efficient in their work. Ultimately a high-stress work environment causes low employee engagement, poor workplace morale, and less productivity and this drives up the costs associated with employee absenteeism and burnout. Mindfulness is being integrated into many workplaces to combat workplace pressures as it enhances stress management and promotes employee self-care.  Major employers like Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and KPMG have offered mindfulness meditation to reduce stress and improve productivity. Practising mindfulness may also improve the overall workplace by promoting communication and enhancing relationships. Mindfulness is being present and aware. When you are mindful, you are aware of yourself and your surroundings and you are able to own your thoughts and feelings. When employees are stressed at work, they experience emotions…