In fact, we’ve found that every single business outcome improves. Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed. You’re 37% better at sales.”
Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage
Mindfulness is the science and art of calming the mind and emotions to be able to engage in work and life with greater ease and awareness. You gain resilience, focus, the ability to better relate to others, increased emotional and mental regulation and a greater sense of well-being.
Mindfulness and resilience training have been shown to have significant benefits for the workplace:
- Increased productivity and clarity
- Reduced stress and increased happiness and engagement
- Better relationships and ability to collaborate
- Authentic leadership
Mindfulness in the Workplace: Introductory Level
Mindfulness increases self-awareness, resiliency and the ability to respond to uncertainty and change.
Without mindfulness, people (and therefore, organizations) tend to be stuck in reactivity, on autopilot, with little freedom or choice. Mindfulness empowers you. Your emotional intelligence increases and you become less likely to get hijacked by your emotions and thoughts. You begin to peel away limitations – stuff that’s not useful to you. That awareness gives you more choice over who you want to be and what you want to be doing.
Overwhelm, serious health effects, decreased productivity, loss of creativity, eroding of interpersonal relationships… those are a few of the costs of stress. Chronic stress leads to burn out.
Researchers estimate stress costs corporate America over $300 billion – in lost productivity, absenteeism, burnout and turnover – and even more if rising health costs are factored in.
The ability to navigate and reduce stress is critical to resilient employees who can deliver their best in the face of any challenge – and still retain their zest for life and work.
- Learn to diagnose the causes of stress and develop strategies rather than feeling helpless.
- Discover skills to achieve goals with greater clarity of mind – and without losing your sense of humor or health along the way.
- Learn tips to tap back into your strength.
Feel that mindfulness sounds a bit woo-woo for your company? The stress course may be a good fit for you.
Health and Wellbeing: Bringing Mindfulness to Health
It’s obvious that illness-caused absenteeism significantly affects corporate productivity. But companies may be losing 32 times as much productivity from ‘presenteeism’ – health problems that prevent employees from functioning optimally. Problems like fatigue, brain fog, pain and low mood rob people of productivity and engagement every day.
Employee wellness is fundamental to the health of your company. Supporting employee health reduces costs both by helping employees manage and eliminate current health challenges and preventing illnesses down the road.
80% of health care costs are from chronic diseases.
- We’re seeing significant increases in most illnesses including asthma, type 1 diabetes, food allergies and autism.
- Autoimmune Diseases (such as thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, inflammatory bowel disease, pernicious anemia, etc.) are costing people their quality of life. And they’re one of the top 10 leading causes of death of women under age 65. Health costs for AD are over $120 billion a year (for cancer, it’s $70 billion).
- Weight issues plague 75% of US adults. Adult obesity has more than doubled since the 1960’s. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
Today’s children are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents. Senior citizen homes used to be for people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or older. Now it’s becoming increasingly common to find people in their 30’s and even 20’s.
What’s going on? Why are people getting sicker and at earlier and earlier ages? Are you struggling with chronic illness or symptoms like fatigue? What can you do to protect you and your loved ones?
You need the bigger picture. The health issues we’re facing are complex. How do I know? I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on thyroid medication. It was great for the first few months. Then I started feeling ‘off’. I went for 15 years that way – and then the medication stopped working. Getting back to health has been a deep-dive journey for me – and I’m still learning.
I share what I wish I’d known: a framework for looking at health and wellbeing that will help you to understand your wellbeing in a different light and enable you to protect your health and the health of those you love much more effectively.
Meditation Made Easy
The explosion of scientific research on meditation is revealing a long list of benefits –
– from the physical such as lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system –
– to the emotional and mental – increasing mindfulness so you stop blindly reacting to events and even rewiring your brain for happiness.
This course is about using meditation in real life – making meditation an easy and enjoyable practice; no lotus positions or shaved heads required:
- Learn various meditations and the benefits of each.
- Break through some of the common meditation obstacles and myths that will make meditation practice easier and more fulfilling.
- Learn quick and easy-to-implement meditation tools based on what you want to accomplish.
Psychological Safety at Work: Eliminating Workplace Toxicity and Politics
In a survey of 7,300 employeess by Globe Careers and Howatt HR, 56% said their workplace culture isn’t positive and 60% of respondents reported little trust between employees and management.
That costs money. Unhealthy cultures and workplace tension have been estimated to cost corporations more than $200 billion in the U.S. alone.
Research has uncovered surprising information on toxic workplaces and teams:
1. Traditional ‘solutions’ rarely work (and, in fact, often further harm victims who frequently end up leaving their jobs).
2. The people most targeted aren’t ‘weaklings; they’re the emotionally intelligent and high performers. Yup, your best people are at risk – often repeatedly thwarted from delivering their finest for your company.
3. This problem is called the ‘invisible epidemic.’ All of this can happen right under your nose with you having little awareness of it. As a manager, you may feel your workplace is positive. Do your employees feel the same way?
The secret to high performing collaboration and teamwork is the ability to create psychological safety. It’s a culture of interpersonal respect and trust in which everyone feels safe to be themselves and take interpersonal risks. It’s a learned skill that also involves understanding what makes workplaces and relationships toxic in the first place.
Please contact us to find out more.