In today’s work world, we face multiple stress inducing demands and pressures as well as constant connectivity through smart phones, social media, and tablet computers. We are managing numerous fluctuating priorities, working with increased expectations, balancing competing demands for our personal and professional goals, and handling ongoing conflict and ambiguity in complex environments. Consulting firm AON Hewitt estimates that 35 percent of U.S. employers in 2013 offered stress-reduction programs to their employees, and that estimate is expected to grow (AON Hewitt, 2013). HR and talent management professionals are increasingly looking for ways to reduce employee stress, and many employers—like Google, Aetna, Target, and General Mills, to name a few—have found that introducing mindfulness into their workplace not only lowers employee stress, but improves focus, clarity of thinking, decision-making, emotional intelligence, and more.
This white paper:
- Explains what mindfulness is, and why it can improve employee health and productivity and a business’s bottom line;
- Explores how mindfulness can improve leadership skills;
- Reviews some of the studies that offer insight into the science behind mindfulness;
- Provides examples of organizations that have offered mindfulness courses and discusses how it has impacted their workplaces.