Stress is quickly becoming more of an issue every day for most Americans and this has serious implications on a business and its employees. According to a recent study published in Occupation & Environment Medicine, “Mental illness has become the leading cause of long-term sickness absence and work incapacity across many high-income countries.” When stress and aligning mental health issues increase, it has a negatively correlating impact on workplace productivity, morale and job satisfaction.
How can mindfulness help?
When employees are turning up to work not feeling their best, it impacts on their ability to do their job. Mindfulness is a psychological process to bring one’s attention to the moment and can be easily developed within the workplace through the practice of meditation and other training. Whilst mindfulness is a renowned to alleviate stress, the practice can also boost performance by helping employees be more focused within their jobs.
Simples mindfulness tools that can easily be put in to practice:
Mindfulness can be more than meditation – think about it as an opportunity to disconnect from the work and be present in the moment. This can be done by taking a walk, listening to music and simply taking some quiet time to yourself. It should be used for example, to forget about the 60 unread emails, disconnect from the world and enjoy the moment.
- Feeling stressed during the workday? A quick meditation break can take as little as a few minutes and can help you to regulate your mind and feelings of stress.
- Having trouble switching off when you leave the office? Meditation is a great tool to help you wind down and switch of at the end of a workday.
When mindfulness practices become part of your everyday routine, it has a positive impact on health – including mental state. Companies should be encouraging mindfulness within the workplace to not only support their employees, but also due to the positive impacts on workplace morale and productivity.
“Mental illness has become the leading cause of long-term sickness absence and work incapacity across many high-income countries.”