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Meditation in the workplace

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Mediation in the workplace is something I’m truly passionate about after over 20 years in the fast-paced corporate and startup sector. This is a good SMH article about the benefits of meditation at work. Workplace Burnout Exists and Employers Need to Step Up. Too often we hear of company leaders who, when discussing their employees and their wellbeing, use words to the effect of “what they do in their own time is up to them.” This is a glaring mistake.

“If you are a company leader who says employees should be encouraged to exercise, nobody looks at you funny,” Tan says.

“The same thing is happening to meditation and mindfulness, because now that it’s become scientific, it has been demystified. It’s going to be seen as fitness for the mind.”

 

– Chade-Meng Tan

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The employee / team member, no matter where they sit in the organisation, doesn’t change who they are when they walk in and out of the office each day. Their state of consciousness doesn’t change because they spend their “9-5” at a desk. On the contrary, they will spend most of their awake, conscious state at their place of daily activity, so surely leaders in companies, or all organisations for that matter, would see the benefits in supporting them to be more creative and productive, whilst feeling less stressed.

Workplace Meditation to Reduce Stress

Workplace meditation can help employees and executives manage stress before they reach the point of burnout. The monumental pace of our lives is not going anywhere. We will always need to adapt to rapid growth and change. Supporting your team in maintaining a balanced perspective and lifestyle through the simple, effortless practice of meditation results in healthier, happier, better-slept humans. Present, calmer individuals who will work more effectively over the course of a year.

According to an HR Executive report, employees struggling with stress, mental health or wellbeing are unable to focus on their job for more than one third of their scheduled hours. 34% reduced productivity.

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Presenteeism is a concept that describes people being present at work but not productive. Current research shows this to be a $33 billion loss to Australian industry.

 

– Carnegie MG –

Meditators are healthier, happier, and more productive in general. They also visit the doctor less and have far fewer days off work (if at all). So the cumulative effect of a meditating team / workforce results in considerably higher productivity, more creativity, and healthier financials (including fewer sick days accrued on the balance sheet).

7 Reasons to Implement Meditation at Work

Geoff Koboldt wrote an article on this a few years back sharing his experience. “Meditation was one solution to help me not get consumed by a sea of stress.”

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Greater mental clarity allows for reduced risk in strategic decision making

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Enhanced emotional intelligence and empathy for yourself and others

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Being present and avoiding unnecessary distractions

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Remove clutter for a sharper more accurate memory

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Greater connection within leads to a sense of purpose and meaning in what we do

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Advanced communication skills including the ability to ‘really’ listen

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Great leaders exude genuine positive energy to inspire, nurture and motivate – naturally

Without a doubt I would not be the leader I am today had I not been practicing meditation all these years.

 

– Geoff Koboldt –

And we have heard similar messages many times before from high profile celebrities and accomplished entrepreneurs for good reason.

Providing the time, space and resources for staff to learn and maintain a meditation practice is a win-win scenario. Corporate meditation programs enable an affordable, accessible and necessary form of mental fitness training. Perhaps the most important form of training busy individuals and teams can obtain.

Video Transcript: Mediation in the Workplace

Nicho:

– I find it curious that when we talk about meditation in the workplace we seem to make an assumption that the person who is working in that environment is almost separate than the person that then leaves the office and goes home to enjoy their evening, and sleep through the night, and then get up and come to work the next day.

We see an increase in meditation in the workplace, but also we need to be reminded that that person, that state of consciousness isn’t changing. They’re moving from their home into their office and back again. And so leaders in companies who can appreciate what it means for one of their team to be better slept, better rested, more creative and less stressed during the day is going to be able to make a better contribution to the goals of that company.

And it’s the leaders who understand that and promote that, and support that, who are doing wonderful things for teams and for companies. The idea that people can adopt their own approaches to their wellbeing in their own time, and effectively not in the time that maybe they’re getting paid to do other work, misses the glaring, glaring fact that these physiologies that we carry around are not separate just because of where we are during the day.

And when we embrace that, I think we can get to a point where companies and leaders recognise that an engaged, dynamic, healthy, happy individual is going to be coming into that space and making fantastic contributions, as opposed to working hard through the day, achieving goals that may be set by a company or a team and then when they’re leaving, having to go home and in a possibly limited period of time, having to meditate, having to exercise, having to eat properly; when in fact that can be incorporated throughout their day. It’s a win-win situation.

The companies that support that mean that their staff will spend less time going to a doctor. We know that regular meditators do not get sick as often, they take less sick days. Why? Because their physiology is healthier, there’s less inflammation. And so just in terms of bottom-line approach, then there’ll be less sick days accruing on the balance sheet. This works for everybody and the more that we can see meditation coming into the workplace, space set aside for people to take their time during the day to break away and meditate, this is going to have a wonderful effect on companies, on their productivity, on their growth, as the individual inside those teams is supported better.

Nicho Plowman is a Vedic Meditation teacher now based in Sydney after more than five years teaching in Paris and around the world. After 20 years in the demanding corporate and start-up world he is passionate about making the powerful benefits of meditation accessible to everyone.

Co-owner of Insight Timer, the #1 Free app for meditation and sleep, Nicho teaches Vedic Meditation to people from all walks of life across Sydney and around the nation. Due to his business background, Nicho has a keen interest in helping dynamic business owners and senior executives apply a conscious perspective to their commercial interests. Look, feel and be better.

Would you like to improve your world? Listen to Nicho’s Vedic Meditation introductory talk below.

Nicho Plowman is a Vedic Meditation teacher now based in Sydney after more than five years teaching in Paris and around the world. After 20 years in the demanding corporate and start-up world he is passionate about making the powerful benefits of meditation accessible to everyone.

Co-owner of Insight Timer, the #1 Free app for meditation and sleep, Nicho teaches Vedic Meditation to people from all walks of life across Sydney and around the nation. Due to his business background, Nicho has a keen interest in helping dynamic business owners and senior executives apply a conscious perspective to their commercial interests. Look, feel and be better.

Would you like to improve your world? Listen to Nicho’s Vedic Meditation introductory talk below.

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