Drive Down Health-Care Costs

American companies are caught between increasingly overwhelmed, exhausted employees on one hand, and the escalating costs of treating stress-related chronic illness, on the other. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the cost of workplace burnout is more than $300 billion a year, and employers spend up to three times their direct cost in the form of absenteeism, sick days and lower productivity.

Today, the most common reason that employers cite for adopting a mindfulness program is simple — mindful practices are a remarkably effective intervention that drive stress-related health care costs down. Progressive employers are now routinely reporting dramatic decreases in stress levels and burnout, and double-digit increases in regained productivity. According to a recent Harvard Business School meta-study on wellness, mindfulness helps drive medical and absenteeism costs down by $2.75 to $3.25 for every dollar invested.

Mindfulness Programs are Remarkably Effective

Progressive employers are reporting impressive performance and financial results

Mindful Practice

Turn Around a Toxic Workplace

Over 50% of American workers have quit a job to escape an ineffective, incompetent or abusive manager, and tens of millions are struggling with the stress of overwork, lack of appreciation, and negativity in the workplace. Whatever the cause, unpleasant attitudes and behaviors (among leaders and co-workers alike) destroy loyalty and motivation, erode engagement, and drive down productivity.

Mindfulness is the foundation of emotional intelligence, and a path to insight, empathy and compassion. Meditation has been shown to improve self-actualization, awareness and regulation, the fundamental building blocks of effective interpersonal skills. At the same time, by dampening signals of fear and anxiety from the amygdala, in favor of calm and rationality from the pre-frontal cortex, mindfulness provides the conditions for better communication, collaboration and teamwork.

Toxicity in the Workplace

Toxic managers and co-workers breed anger, depression and stress,
that lead to disengagement, absenteeism and turnover

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Re-engage Your Workforce

Gallup’s 2015 engagement survey reports that 68% of the American workforce is disengaged, including 17% who are described as “actively disengaged.” Both engagement and retention are highly correlated to business performance, but seriously degraded by chronic stress and toxic management. A culture of disengagement erodes quality of work, workforce productivity and customer satisfaction.

Mindful meditation gives leaders, managers and workers the mental strength and toolset to combat workplace burnout and negativity. Non-judgmental awareness lowers stress and nurtures insight, which leads to calm and equanimity. It provides the space to become re-interested, re-frame and re-commit to the purpose of the organization; and the emotional intelligence to improve communication, collaboration and compassion for teammates.

Engagement in the Workplace

84% of senior executive rank disengaged employees as one of the top
three biggest threats facing their organizations

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Pay Attention to What Matters

Technology saturation and information overload are creating a distracted, attention-deficit workforce, overwhelmed with competing stimuli and demands. The mass and velocity of input are stripping leaders of the bandwidth needed to think critically, creatively and deeply. Workers are increasingly frustrated, exhausted, and locked into the shallow work of responding to texts, email and social media.

A 2015 study shows that the average attention span is now 8 seconds (down from 12 seconds in 2012), yet concentration is the baseline requirement for deep work. Mindful meditation is basic training for attention and focus, and is proven to strengthen the neural pathways associated with concentration, cognition and working memory. Focus and the ability to resist distraction are also solidly linked to our abilities to control impulses, emotions and achieve long-term goals.

Digital Distraction and Overload

Desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones — at work, at home,
all day and all night

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Build Innovation into Your Culture

Competition in the global market is increasingly driven by disruptive innovation across technologies, supply chains and business models. Given this frame, the ability to continually innovate becomes a critical organizational capability. Insight and ideation are crucial to the process, as is access to divergent thinking. All are dramatically improved through mindful meditation.

Mindful concentration is at the core of any creative activity. Additionally, meditation improves fluid intelligence, and the ability to process and respond to novel information, patterns and relationships. The non-judgmental awareness associated with contemplative practice also unlocks enlightened inspiration, strengthens intuition and helps us embrace uncertainty without fear.

Develop More Effective Leaders

Great leaders and managers are able to connect authentically and compassionately with individuals at a human level. This is a mindful trait at the core of emotional intelligence, and is the foundation for trust, motivation and loyalty. According to Bill George, Harvard Senior Fellow and former CEO, Medtronics: “The main business case for mindfulness is that if you’re fully present on the job, you will be a more effective leader, you will make better decisions, and you will work better with other people.”

Mindfulness also enables the self-actualization, self-awareness and self-regulation that drive clarity of vision, strategic awareness, critical thinking, decision making and other measures of leadership performance. It is a force-multiplier for management and leadership development.

Raise Your Happiness Quotient

Nothing creates better engagement, higher productivity and greater client satisfaction than true happiness and well-being. In fact, the difference in productivity attributable to the delta of happy and unhappy people ranges between 10% for non-complex, repetitive tasks, to over 50% in service and creative industries. This may be additive to parallel gains associated with reductions in stress, anxiety, toxic management and relief of chronic illness.

The Harvard Business Review found that businesses investing in employee happiness can expect a corresponding improvement in customer-facing results, including increased sales of up to 37%. Happy people care about their work, they’re personally invested in the success of the enterprise, and exert positive energy across their span of influence. They are an important core of any organization striving to attract, hire and retain the best talent.

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