There is a change brewing in the 9-5 world. More and more people aren’t feeling entirely fulfilled within this structure of work, and companies are finding new ways to help break out of the old patterns.
Through my own near death experiences I discovered the wonderful world of meditation. And it’s powerful potency that it has to offer. Meditation isn’t necessarily sitting and closing your eyes, it is more a state of being, which can release stress, overthinking and cultivate a more joyful way of living.
In these1 hour group meditation sessions designed for the corporate world, we will relieve pressure and stress. The ultimate form of productivity exists not within the high pressures, but rather a state of flow. The most astounding performances occur within that state. Professions of all walks of life are in the constant practice of cultivating this state within their endeavours.
These sessions are about slowing down to your own speed. And letting go of distractions/stress and allowing the present moment to work its magic. Peace of mind cultivates creativity & productivity.
Here is some of the research she reported on related to the impact of mindfulness in the workplace, as told to Berkeley Greater Good:
91 percent reported it positively impacted the culture
88 percent would recommend it to a coworker
66 percent said they felt less stress or had improved stress-management capabilities
63 percent are better able manage themselves at work
60 percent reported increased focus and better decision-making skills
52 percent are able to better manage work relationships
46 percent reported increased innovation and creativity
Steve Jobs took a practice that worked for him and shared it with Apple’s corporate culture. He was considered a pioneer of “mind technology” when he introduced Zen mindfulness meditation to the corporate structure at Apple. Workers have access to a meditation room, 30-minute daily meditation breaks, and on-site yoga and meditation classes, which were all part of a process that Steve used to reduce his own stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity.
Google was lucky enough to have one of their original software developers spearhead a program at Google that began in 2007 called, “Search Inside Yourself.” Google offers an on-site meditation space and meditation courses, believing that meditation can help improve not only employee mental health and well-being, but the company’s bottom line as well.
Yahoo offers meditation rooms and free meditation classes for employees to benefit from and reduce stress while at work. It seems that tech companies like Yahoo are the early adopters of the mindful meditation at work culture with magazines like Fast Company touting meditation as a “must-do” to get hired.
4. Proctor & Gamble (P&G)
When other companies were installing gyms, P&G CEO A.G. Lafley was starting a meditation instruction program and installing meditation spaces in P&G’s corporate buildings. He’s quoted as saying, “You cannot out-work a problem, you have to out-meditation it.”
Nike employs a mindfulness and meditation coach who recently led a workshop for a team of Nike employees. This team consisted of about 13 innovators who perform and execute significant duties for Nike—most of them are focused on leading the global brand in new directions. Mindful leadership events like this have become a benefit of working for the large sports brand.
HBO has a new hit show Enlightened and it looks like some of that enlightenment has rubbed off on their headquarters. The company boasts a gym, yoga classes, and weekly meditations. They may produce television, but they don’t encourage a culture of couch potatoes.
The approach these big companies are taking isn’t hard to implement. Whether you own a small business or work for a corporate giant, it’s the ideal time to introduce this age-old practice as part of the new way of balancing work and life.
Do you work for a company that promotes meditation? We’d love to know where you work and how they bring mindfulness to your workplace. Leave a comment with your company name below.