It Pays to Meditate at Work

What do Google, Yahoo and Nike all have in common? Yes, they are all Fortune 500 companies that generate millions of dollars every year, but you might be surprised to learn that each of these companies is also a proponent of meditation in the workplace.

Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan even used meditation to transform once stressed-out tech employees into the “happiest people on earth.” What was once considered inappropriate for the office is now seen as a powerful tool to increase workers’ happiness and overall well-being.

Why are these industry-leading companies allowing staff to take time out of their fast-paced schedules to meditate? They’ve seen that meditation is an investment with great returns:

  • Reduced depression, anxiety and stress
  • Sharper focus
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved decision-making
  • Elevated mood
  • Greater quality of sleep
  • Higher levels of energy

A study listed at Pubmed.gov shows that it can even increase levels of compassion—something everyone can appreciate in their coworkers.

Unfortunately, meditation has carried negative connotations for years. Visions of dreadlocked hippies humming “om” while sitting cross-legged on the floor may come to mind. But it doesn’t have to look like this. It can be as simple as finding a quiet spot, taking deep breaths and simply escaping momentarily from the stresses of the day. Even 10 minutes of this “quality time” to yourself can prove beneficial.

Not all bosses are Steve Jobs, who implemented meditation rooms and 30-minute sessions for his employees. But not every employer has to go to such lengths. Allowing employees a 10-minute breather can increase productivity and stress levels, making it incredibly wise for them to allow meditation in the office.  They’ll soon see…it pays to meditate on the job!

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