“You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.” – Peter F. Drucker
Our country’s future depends on the psychological and physical happiness of the workforce. Businesses ability to plan, execute, monitor and evaluate projects in a competitive business environment successfully requires sharp concentration, a stress free mind, and physical stamina.
It is as simple as this: health is wealth. When people are healthy, they possess a greater ability to problem solve and face challenges as well as perform to their highest capacity.
There is a crisis taking over the culture of the workplace today: stress. There is an overwhelming stress that plagues both leaders and subordinates in the office and it is debilitating to companies. Stress harms health by interfering with sleep patterns, subsequently leading to employees coming to work exhausted, possibly making them prone to costly mistakes. Stress also shuts down the creative mind, inhibiting people from thinking outside the box and bringing innovative ideas to the table.
Stress is an expensive threat to the balance sheet: mindfulness is a countermeasure to stress.
A growing body of research suggests that yoga and meditation may reduce the stress that tends to berate bodies confined to desks for long periods of time. Companies are investing in the notion that limiting stress will translate into fewer employee absences, lower health care costs and higher morale, leading to overall satisfaction for employees and businesses.
Mindfulness is all about training our minds to be more focused and mentally sharp while creating space for creativity, innovation, and inspiration. This brings a general compassion for ourselves and the people around us, cultivating connection and congregation in the office. Implementing mindfulness practices in the office is a sort of strategy to improve efficiency, improve attention, foster emotional balance, as well as promote interpersonal relationships and teamwork. The time taken out of the work day to foster these practices will pay back through productivity and overall wellness within the company. Unless people can get to a clear space in their mind, they won’t be able to work efficiently and therefor won’t be able to work effectively.
Mindfulness is a skill that needs to be practiced in order to actually enhance well-being. When people practice they get better—but first it is important to know the specific benefits that bringing mindfulness practices such as yoga or meditation into the workforce would bring:
Top 5 Corporate Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Benefits:
1.Employees are happy and full of energy, and as a result are more productive and provide better customer service.
2.There is a significant decline in stress-related sickness.
3.Employees are more concentrated; affecting decision-making skills and ability to multi-task.
4.Improves employee alertness and ability to react more calmly in demanding situations.
5.Relief of head, neck and back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, high blood pressure and work-related injuries from repetitive motion.
I have first hand experience with all 5 but especially #5. Due to repetitive motion, strain and overuse I lost the use of my wrists for more than a year. I only wish yoga and mindfulness were apart of the corporate environment I was within at the time.
Work should be more than just work, it should be meaningful and provide purpose. The goal of a company should ultimately be to help align the company’s self-actualization with the self-actualization of the employees: this elevates the company and enhances the lives of the people who work there by helping them develop as people.
Mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are not just for the ‘yogi.’ It is for the over-extended CEO. It is for the busy businessman or businesswoman. It is for the spread too thin, not enough hours in the day mom who also kicks ass at work. It for the executive whose mindset and headspace permeates through the whole office, affecting the minds and spirits of all who work there. Mindfulness doesn’t discriminate-- it doesn’t care if you are tall or short or round or full or yellow or pink or green. It just cares that you are here, in this moment, taking an exhale and moving with intention. Moving with intuition and caring. Moving with gentleness. Think of yoga as your personal roadmap for professional success: creativity mindfulness, strong body and serene mind. It offers a space to cultivate learning non-reaction and self-love as yoga transcends off the mat and into the office.