Is meditation good for business?Corporations, such as Apple, Google, Nike, Time Warner, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh7Y1UeeiFA
Yahoo!, Procter & Gamble and HBO, are allegedly encouraging their workers to meditate. The obvious question needs to be"why?" Where in the Venn diagram do corporate business practices intersect with meditation?Let's look at two variables --the negatives along with the positives.The NegativesOver the last four decades I have been gathering data about anxiety and how it relates to the American job market.
What I have found is stunning. Stress allegedly costs the U.S. market around 300 billion a year as a result of injuries, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal, and insurance costs and workers' compensation awards as well as tort and FELA judgments. That's not a minor number.In addition, a Gallup Poll revealed that four out of five employees in this country feel stressed at work and nearly half say they want help in learning how to take care of anxiety.
A quarter of workers have felt like screaming or shouting because of anxiety and about ten percent are concerned about an individual at work which they feel may become violent. All these amounts should ring loudly warning bells.While meditation may not fully eradicate anxiety, but studies show encouraging signs that affirm what meditation professionals have known for ages. In one of the most exhaustive studies this way, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore sifted through almost 19,000 meditation research and discovered 47 trials that met their criteria for well-designed studies.
Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that meditation can help alleviate psychological pressures like stress, depression, and pain.The PositivesRecent studies also have proven that meditation may increase creativity and focus, which might be why the aforementioned companies--who rely upon a measure of creativity and development--are encouraging their employees to meditate.With all of the available data, the following question has to be increased. "Why not all businesses and businesses encourage their employees to meditate?" The solution might not be as simple as you might imagine.
"Businesses Do not Care"The easiest answer is that corporations do not care. That is accurate. Only humans care, and contrary to popular belief, corporations are not people. They use affectionate individuals, a lot of whom would love to incorporate anxiety reduction policies--many already have. However, as everybody knows, in order for a company wide policy to alter you have to convince the chief financial officer. Luckily CFO's could be persuaded using a simple search (meditation research, cost of anxiety ) coupled with a basic mathematical formula that takes into consideration a number of the things talked about in this article.I would not be shocked if more corporations followed in the footsteps of these previously mentioned and began promoting their employees to meditate--they might even opt to offer you some training.A quotation comes to mind I heard from Brian Tracy:"The question is not whether you train your employees and they depart --the question is, what if you don't train them and they stay?" Gudjon Bergmann, Copyright 2014newsletter sign upquick linksGet the bookEasy to browse and simple to follow.