5 reasons why you should have a mindfulness and meditation program in the workplace

The growing issue of stress in Australian workplaces is a challenge that businesses are now trying to tackle. Workplace stress can be caused by everything from a heavy workload, to personal dynamics between colleagues and managers and constant change and uncertainty.

In a study of 30,000 employees by the University of Wollongong and Workplace Health Association Australia, 65% of employees reported ‘moderate to high stress levels’.

To combat stress in the workplace, the practice of mindfulness is gaining popularity amongst employers, including leading businesses like Google and Apple. Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment, focusing on exactly where you are and what are doing right now, rather than being concerned about what might happen in the future, or what occurred in the past.

When paired with regular meditation, these two practices can help employees deal with stress and improve their general wellbeing. So, here’s our top five reasons why you should have a mindfulness and meditation program in your workplace.

1. Reduce stress

The biggest advantage of a meditation and mindfulness program is reducing the overall stress of your employees. In addition, mindfulness can improve sleep, reduce anxiety and improve memory. Meditation and mindfulness can also help reduce conflict in the workplace, and equip staff with skills that make it easier to resolve issues for employees and managers.

2. Improved emotional intelligence

Meditation and mindfulness allows people to get in tune with their emotions, as well as how others are feeling. This increased ‘emotional intelligence’ can make people feel empowered, and leads to better dynamics between colleagues and managers, and a better connection with customers.

3. Produce better leaders

For managers and leaders, meditation and mindfulness fosters more control of emotions and thoughts, as well as a more positive outlook when dealing with day-to-day issues in the workplace. These practices allow managers to put their best foot forward, and lead from the front.

4. Better decision making

We all want more clarity and the ability to make good decisions, be they big or small every day decisions. Mediation and mindfulness helps achieve a clear mind, making it easier to think and make the right decision, particularly on those strategic issues that have a big impact.

5. Employee happiness

The research is clear – employees who have time and space to meditate or practice mindfulness are happier. These practices allow people to find clarity, a sense of purpose, meaning and contentment in their lives, as well as helping to deal with the stresses that the workplace presents.

Many businesses, both large and small, are already realising the benefits of meditation and mindfulness programs in the workplace. The best news is, it’s not difficult to implement. An unused office could be allocated as a quiet space, or simply encourage team members to take 20 minutes at lunchtime to practice in a park or outdoor area with plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

Workspace Dexus at Waterfront Place has just completed a highly successful month-long mindfulness and meditation program, with weekly classes and access to an online course providing one lesson and meditation each week through their online community portal.

From reducing stress, to building better cohesion between colleagues, developing strong leaders and creating an overall sense of happiness, mindfulness and meditation practices provide so many advantages. This really is a simple strategy that can be implemented in any workplace to create a more harmonious and productive workplace.

 

If your team could benefit from access to health and wellness, including yoga, Pilates and mindfulness meditation, get in touch with the Waterfront Place team and arrange an inspection today.