Here are the top five reasons why you should have a program that embraces these practices in your workplace.
1. Your team will keep calm and carry on
Companies have experienced resoundingly positive results through mindfulness and meditation. Studies by neurologists have shown that the amygdala, our brain’s fight or flight centre, reduces in size after meditation, allaying fear and anxiety. The calming effect remains, and becomes more significant with regular practice.
In addition, meditation and mindfulness can improve sleep, reduce anxiety and sharpen memory. They can also help reduce conflict in the workplace, and equip staff with skills that make it easier for employees and managers to resolve issues.
2. Improved emotional intelligence
Meditation and mindfulness brings you in tune with your emotions and those of others. The increased emotional intelligence feels positive and empowering, leading to smoother employee dynamics and even a better connection with customers.
3. Stronger leaders
For managers and leaders, meditation and mindfulness fosters more control of emotions and thoughts and helps build the mental resilience to handle day-to-day issues in the workplace more easily. Equipped with these skills, managers can put their best foot forward and lead from the front.
4. Dazzling decision making
Meditation and mindfulness helps achieve clarity of thought, enabling smart decision making, particularly on those strategic issues that have a far-reaching impact. Research shows that due to the brain’s neuroplasticity (ability to adapt), regular practice of meditation and mindfulness really does make us smarter, by increasing the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain where we consolidate information and learning.
5. An effective, organised team
People who meditate find that their short term memory is improved, due to meditation’s positive effect on activity in the brain’s frontal lobe, the area controlling short term, functional memory and focus. This beneficial effect keeps attention from wavering and focuses your mind on the details of the day. For a workplace team, this means effective implementation of daily tasks and systems, leading to enhanced performance.