ever wonder Why successful companies like google, nike, apple & starbucks are implementing mindfulness programs? It's because Practicing mindfulness leads to numerous benefits at the individual level and can ladder up to a powerful shift for the organization.
Contentment & Stress Reduction: Balance is often spoken of, but people are seldom able to feel like they live a balanced lifestyle. Between work, pursuing passions and family commitments, individuals are more stressed and anxious than ever before. Living more mindfully will help your employees to mitigate both stress and anxiety, making them feeling more fulfilled.
Brain Power: According to a study conducted by Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School, MRI scans show that after an 8 week course of mindfulness the brain's amygdala shrinks. This region of the brain is associated with fear & fight or flight. As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex associated with higher order brain functions, such as awareness, concentration and decision making, becomes thicker.
Focus: Practicing mindfulness gives one the ability to think single pointedly. Once this takes place, the outside ‘clutter’ subsides and individuals become more efficient and as a result.
Leadership: When one takes the time to focus on themselves, they have more capacity and a stronger ability to have impact on others. Having a mindful leader can change the output of an entire team.
Camaraderie: Team cohesiveness is a key contributor to the overall success of a group. When each individual has a positive outlook, the collaborative impact of the team is exponential.
Retention: Employee turnover is at an all-time high. Individuals are seeking companies that genuinely care about the well being of themselves and their teams. Offering these workshops can have a strong impact on your employees wanting to continue to work for an organization that gets it.
Morale: These practices benefit both mental and emotional health. Having staff that are generally more content will lead to stronger company morale.