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Workplace Benefits
of Mindfulness and Meditation

Employee politics and negativity infect work culture when people aren’t intrinsically happy.

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Let’s spread happy vibes and positivity throughout your team.

Happy People = More Good Stuff
Gifting your team (and yourself!) a Weekly Guest Membership is an inexpensive stress management and personal betterment tool. It tells your staff that you care about their wellbeing and that they are valued.

We’ve all done expensive courses and then completely forgotten or ignored the content afterwards. The beauty of gifting your employees a Weekly Guest Membership, is that each weekly visit serves as a prompt to remember to integrate the techniques and positive messaging learnt, into their professional and personal lives.

See how the workplace benefits of mindfulness and meditation can work for your business.

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7 reasons why Oxford Professors, BeyondBlue, Steve Jobs and even Jerry Seinfeld value the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in the corporate world…

1. Increase Productivity

Leading Mindfulness Academic, Mark Williams, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, says working in a culture where stress is a badge of honour is counterproductive. “We can spend so much time rushing from one task to another. We may think we’re working more efficiently, but as far as the brain is concerned, we are working against the grain. No wonder we get exhausted.” Slogging away at work when exhausted can result in poor performance and costly mistakes.

Taking purposeful pauses, like meditating, relaxing or stepping out from the usual workplace environment, serves as a circuit breaker switching the mind from a state of rumination to clarity. It’s the state of clarity that makes way for increased efficiency and productivity.

2. Improve Workplace Culture

Professor Mark Williams also found that, ‘the neurological benefits of practising mindfulness have been linked to an increase in emotional intelligence, specifically empathy and self regulation.’ He supports the notion that ‘the development of these areas, contribute to our ability to manage conflict and communicate more effectively.’

Now we’re not saying if your staff mindfully eat a peach every day for example, that office politics will disappear. But learning to be mindful via meditation or as a standalone practise creates a space between our thoughts and our actions. Professor Williams believes that practising regularly, ‘enables us to take a step back and consider alternative perspectives rather than simply reacting to events and using the least intelligent area of our brains to make decisions.’ Practising mindfulness has also recently been clinically attributed to an increased physical growth in the area of the brain connected to empathy and compassion. Perhaps that’s why you’ll never meet a mean or bitter Monk.

3. Increase Employee Retention

Placing a value on your staff’s wellbeing shows that you genuinely care. Our research reported that 86% of Melbournians felt that they would be, ‘more likely to remain loyal to a company that supports my wellbeing.’ After presenting the The Cocoon Room concept to them, the respondents noted that not only did it sound like a relaxing and luxurious experience, but they felt it would help them manage their stress levels and feelings of overwhelm.

4. Reduce Absenteeism

In our current society, there is a very real epidemic of employees struggling with mental health issues. BeyondBlue reported that,

‘Absenteeism due to stress and anxiety is just as high as physical illnesses related absenteeism.’

But let’s assume absenteeism is even higher, due to some employees disguising and/or misinterpreting their mental health issues as physical illness. BeyondBlue also reported that absenteeism due to mental health issues required a much longer respite and recovery time than other illnesses. But encouragingly, they also reported that for every dollar spent on better work practices there was a positive return on investment of 2.3. Heads Up (developed by BeyondBlue) is a fabulous source of information on why and how businesses can support their employees’ wellbeing. www.headsup.org.au

5. Prevent Staff Burnout via Stress Reduction

The Harvard Business Review reports that burnout is driven by the always-on digital workplace and the expectation that they must use digital tools to multitask and do more. Taking a purposeful pause encourages the art of approaching tasks one at a time. This in turn increases productivity and creativity, reducing potential for errors.

Jerry Seinfeld told a journalist once, “When I was doing Seinfeld, I was the star of the show, the Executive Producer of the show, the head writer, in charge of casting and editing … I did this for 9 years. And I’m just a normal guy! So I meditated every day and that’s how I survived the 9 years.” Instead of working longer and harder, we promise after a session with us, the pay offs will far outweigh the time out taken.

6. Creative Thinkers Make a Company Better

Apple founder Steve Jobs, said when he meditated, “There’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly … you see so much more than you could before.”

Global research has found that when employee health and wellness is managed well, the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55%.* This research also found self-reported creativity and innovation increases from 20% to 72%.
* Right Management, Wellness and Productivity Management: A New Approach to Increasing Performance, 15 July 2011.

7. Powering Down Resets the Mind

Allowing employees an opportunity to digitally disconnect and mindfully relax, can have them emerge with a fresher and clearer perspective. Hours or days spent ruminating on a particular project with minimal or poor results, could be completed not only faster, but also better. Things that previously may have overwhelmed, might appear completely manageable. Something that may have seemed insurmountable on the way in, might seem quite simple on the way out. We can all benefit from powering down and pressing reset.

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WHAT MELBOURNIANS SAID ABOUT STRESS

In May 2019, we conducted a survey and asked Melbournians some stress-related questions. The results were concerning:

  • 54% stated that in the last 4 weeks, they experienced high levels of work-related stress, regularly.
  • 52% felt overwhelmed
  • 50% struggle sleeping
  • 50% had difficulty handling deadline and workload pressure 12
  • 43% suffer from desk related muscular aches and pains in the neck and shoulders
  • 74% of people said that they rarely or never get time or headspace to themselves

Dedicated time out, without digital temptation is such a precious commodity. The Cocoon Room Melbourne is utterly devoted to providing a sanctuary of calm for your hard working team. We welcome you to enjoy the workplace benefits of mindfulness and meditation with us.

We commissioned a survey of 315 Melbournian CBD workers to gauge their levels of stress and potential interest in our service (May 2019). Survey undertaken by Truth Serum.