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1. Lowers Stress
Occupational stress has become a “global epidemic”. I think we are all in collective agreement that stress is not a good thing. Where the problem lies is in how to reduce it – one sure fire way is meditation. It promotes mindfulness better and is more work friendly than workout programs. And linked to the reduction of the hormone cortisol, meditation has been shown to reduce stress. It doesn’t require any special clothes or gyms, just a quiet space. And lower stress in the workplace is a good thing – potentially increasing productivity and overall office wellness.
2. Increases Working Memory
Did you remember to fill out your TPS report? Check it out, add meditation to your daily life and you’ll never have to worry about that again. In a study conducted by UCSB, researchers found that increased mindfulness, “…reduced mind-wandering in every way we measured it and improved performance on both reading comprehension and working memory capacity.” Who doesn’t agree that less mind-wandering and better working memory can improve productivity at work?
3. Lower Healthcare Costs
Healthcare costs are a hot talking point these days. According to Fairleigh Dickinson University, “Workplace stress costs U.S. employers an estimated $200 billion per year in absenteeism, lower productivity, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses”. Keeping these costs under control while still providing comprehensive medical care to your employees, is a balance that’s tough to strike. One solution is a more holistic wellness package that includes meditation. Prescription drugs are a major player in healthcare costs. In a three month study conducted by Dr. Randy Zusman of Massachusetts General Hospital, he found that a large percentage of the study participants were able to reduce the amount of hypertension medication that they needed. There are still more studies on the horizon as mindfulness is gaining popularity in western culture, but it appears to be a solid reducer of healthcare costs.
4. Better Sleep
How many people roll in to work sleepy eyed and spend the first hours of work simply waking up? More than would openly admit it. Getting a good night’s sleep is paramount to being productive during the day and to increasing mental strength. A study by the University of Utah found that people who meditate, thereby maintaining a higher sense of mindfulness, are more rested at night and fall asleep easier. You wake up more rested, your mind is clear, and your synapses are going off like a 4th of July grand finale – priming you for some serious productivity.
5. Makes you a Better Leader
Randel S. Carlock says in an article published by Forbes, “Meditation creates space ― space in one’s mind to think”. Most leaders admit to feeling stressed over the constant demand for decision making. When your mind is cluttered with a life full of drama that has nothing to do with the matter-at-hand it may prove difficult to make decisive and clear choices. By improving clarity, you improve decision making. But it doesn’t stop there, he also points out that it is a “powerful tool for building teams, being creative and making clearer decisions”.
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