Workplace Wellness and Productivity
The well-being of your employees is the well-being of your business.
No matter what your business is, it's the people within your business that bring it to life!
Investing in the wellness of your employees is an investment in the success of your company!
Consider the following:
- Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year. “ 1
- “66% of employees report that they have difficulty focusing on tasks at work because of stress .1
- People’s minds wander up to 46.9% of the time, regardless of what they were doing.2
- 63% of workers worldwide are disengaged. A further 24% are considered “actively disengaged.” That’s a staggering 87% of employees not engaged at work! This means they are unmotivated, unhappy and unproductive and liable to spread negativity to coworkers. 3
Fatigue, stress, pain and discomfort are major factors that lead to a lack of motivation, diminished focus, increased errors and more sick days.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Studies show that meditation improves productivity by increasing focus and attention. It's also been shown to improve memory, enhance creativity and thinking outside the box, 4 as well as improve immune function. 5
The well-being of each employee is reflected in the quality of their work and performance.
When employees are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy they perform more efficiently. They're more adaptable, make fewer mistakes, are less susceptible to sickness, and can maintain focus and concentration for longer periods of time without succumbing to fatigue. Healthy employees are happier and friendlier 4, which creates a more supportive community and work environment.
Creativity and Problem Solving
Meditation has been shown to improve creativity and problem solving abilities by reducing cognitive rigidity. Non-meditators tend to have a more rigid approach to solving problems, applying difficult or outdated solutions to simple problems based on their past experiences. 6
Research shows that meditation reduces cognitive rigidity, allowing a more creative, flexible and adaptive approach to problem solving. 7
An average ROI for an employee wellness program is $3.40 for every $1 spent, according to Canadian consulting firm, WorkingWell. 8
Wellness for Executives
Meditation and mindfulness is not only for employees. Many of the most successful executives and CEOs understand the importance of health and mindfulness 9, and studies demonstrate that the mindfulness of leaders has a positive influence on employee well-being and performance. 10
Wall Street Billionaire Ray Dalio, founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, has been meditating for 42 years and says,”Meditation, more than any other factor, has been the reason for what success I’ve had.”
See more CEOs who swear by meditation here.
What motivates people to give their best?
Think of a family or community that cares for each other. A workplace with connection like this not only elevates each person, but creates a sense of workplace community and commitment to everyone’s success. Individual success is not separate from the family, community or business success.
Yes, I am suggesting that your business or company can be a community with deep connection. The result is a business where people enjoy coming to work, morale is high, there's a feeling of safety, warmth and support, which create greater focus and productivity.
Too much time is wasted in unnecessary emotional conflict! Whether conflict comes from a difference of personal opinion when trying to solve a problem or clashes of personalities, conflict is something that results from emotional reactions and a lack of mindfulness.
Calm clear resolution comes from mindfulness and emotional intelligence. When people are in a calm clear state of mind there's more openness to find the best result by choosing an attitude of understanding as opposed to egoistic stubbornness.
On a broader perspective, your business will have a far greater impact in the world than you realize
The Peacekeeper Project is dedicated to the uplifting of humanity, and as a business you are in a position to make a major contribution, and you don't have to do anything more than what's already been described.
When you invest in the wellness of your employees or team, it's a giving that reaches far beyond the workplace. Your employees have friends and family, and the effects of meditation and mindfulness ripple out into the community via these connections.
- Greater personal health and happiness
- Physical, mental and emotional freedom
- Improved family and social relationships
- Increased vitality
- Sense of calm
- Parents being more present for their children, because they no longer over stressed and anxious
Contact me to discuss how we can work together to improve your business productivity through employee well-being
1. Business News Daily, March 28, 2012, “Employees Reveal How Stress Affects Their Jobs”
2. Time, Nov 11, 2010, "Is a Wandering Mind an Unhappy One?"
3. Gallup, October 8, 2013, “Worldwide, 13% of Employees Are Engaged at Work”
4. Psychology Today, Sept 11, 2013, “20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today”
5. Psychosomatic Medicine, July, 2003, “Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation”
6. The Huffington Post, Sept 24, 2014, “How Mindful Meditation Boosts Creativity and Innovation”
7. Plos One, May 15, 2012, “Mind the Trap”: Mindfulness Practice Reduces Cognitive Rigidity
8. Goldbeck Recruiting Inc., “Workplace Wellness Programs”
9. Business Insider, May 30, 2014, “6 Reasons Wall Street Titans Love To Meditate”
10. Singapore Management University, Feb, 2014, “Leading Mindfully: Two Studies of the Influence of Supervisor Trait Mindfulness on Employee Well-Being and Performance“