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Is meditation good for business?Corporations, such as Apple, Google, Nike, Time Warner, Yahoo!, Procter & Gamble and HBO, are reportedly encouraging their workers to meditate. What I have found is magnificent. Stress allegedly costs the U.S. economy around 300 billion a year due to injuries, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh7Y1UeeiFA insurance costs and workers’ compensation awards as well as tort and FELA decisions.
That is not a minor number.In accession, a Gallup Poll revealed that four out of five workers in this country feel stressed at work and almost half say they want help in learning how to deal with anxiety. A quarter of workers have felt like crying or shouting due to anxiety and about ten percent are worried about a person in the office that they believe could become violent. Every one these amounts should ring loud warning bells.While meditation may not fully eradicate stress, studies show encouraging signs that affirm what meditation professionals have known for ages.
In one of the most comprehensive studies this far, researchers from Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore sifted through almost 19,000 meditation research and discovered 47 trials that met their standards for well-designed research studies. Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that meditation can help alleviate psychological stresses like stress, depression, and pain.The PositivesRecent studies also have shown that meditation may increase creativity and focus, which may be why the above mentioned companies–who all rely upon a measure of imagination and advancement –are encouraging their workers to meditate.With all of the available data, another question has to be increased.
“Why not all businesses and companies encourage their employees to meditate?” The solution may not be as simple as one might imagine. “Businesses Don’t Care”The easiest response is that corporations don’t care. That’s accurate. Only humans care, and contrary to popular belief, corporations are not people. They employ affectionate people, many of whom would love to integrate stress reduction policies–many already have. But as everyone knows, in order to get a corporate wide policy to change you have to persuade the chief financial officer.
Money talks, right? Luckily CFO’s could be persuaded with a very simple search (meditation research, cost of stress) coupled with a fundamental mathematical formula which takes into account a number of the matters talked about in this article.I wouldn’t be shocked if greater corporations followed in the footsteps of these previously mentioned and started promoting their employees to meditate–they might even opt to offer some training.A quote comes to mind I heard from Brian Tracy:”The question is not if you train your employees and they leave–the question is, what if you don’t train them and they stay?” Gudjon Bergmann, Copyright 2014newsletter signal upquick linksGet the bookEasy to read and easy to follow.
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