Understanding how mindfulness and meditation can help your organisation thrive.
The last 6 months have proven immensely challenging for the physical and mental health of millions of people facing the increased stress and anxiety by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruption to work and life has been enormous. The WEF estimated that 2.6bn faced some form of lockdown and that the 2H20 will see tsunami of mental health challenges. Depression and anxiety disorders already cost the global economy $1 trillion every year in lost productivity and could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030. (WEF) Now more than ever solutions are needed to support the mental health & wellbeing of billions of people. This whitepaper looks at the reason why organisations have a role to play in this and how meditation and mindfulness can and should be integrated into workplace culture.
Stress literally makes us selfish for biological reasons, an evolutionary response to escape predators, now we release stress hormones because an internet page doesn't load fast enough. 82% of respondents recognised that stressed impacted their mental well-being and 86% believed that meditation lowered stress. Yet only 2% of respondents meditated in the office (data collected 4Q19 pre-COVID-19), only 20% meditated daily and 47% less than a few times a month. Yet the benefits of meditation accrue from a consistent and sustained practice.
Organisations are responsible if not now duty-bound in ensuring the wellbeing of their employees. The top executives of Orange in France were recently found guilty in a landmark case and given jail terms for causing the suicides of 19 employees for ‘collective moral harassment’. While this is an extreme example, it demonstrates the importance of creating mindful, inclusive work environments that are conducive to mental wellbeing and support those in need of mental health services.
There is lots of research now on the benefits of meditation but little on the habits and attitudes people and organisations have towards cultivating a meditation or mindfulness practice. Most currently consider the workplace meditation and mindfulness programs as optional perks to support well-being initiatives.
This report looks at:
Why do organisations have a responsibility for an employee's mental health?
How do meditation and mindfulness support mental health?
How do you create a mindful organisation?
An overview of MBSR and iRest® training programs
3 case studies of MNC's that have taken different approaches to integrating mindfulness into the workplace
Survey data and FAQs from the survey on meditation