How Mindfulness Can Help You

The Benefits

Jon Kabat-Zinn developed secular mindfulness training programmes in America over 30 years ago. A substantial body of research has proved the benefits of mindfulness both for individuals and organisations.

Mindfulness training calms the entire nervous system reducing stress and anxiety. It reduces activity in the amygdala, the brains fear centre. This enhances the pre frontal cortex which is responsible for high level skills.

Mindfulness increases resilience. It has been proven to protect the immune system, maintain physical health and decrease stress. (Davidson, Kabat Zinn, et al 2003)

Mindfulness is positively related to employee wellbeing and engagement. Increased productivity is achieved through increased positive emotions and increased psychological functioning. (2012, Lim Hui Jia)

Mindfulness enhances social relationships, increases resilience, and improves task performance and decision making. (Glomb, Duffy et al, 2011)

TFL have seen the number of days taken off because of stress, anxiety and depression fall by 71% since introducing employees to mindfulness. 79% staff reported improvements in their ability to relax, 53% saw improvements in happiness at work. 80% reported improvements in their relationships. Absences for all conditions dropped by 50%.

Research by the Institute of Mindful Leadership found that for 93% of leaders surveyed, mindfulness training helped them create space to be more innovative. Some 89% said it enhanced their ability to listen to themselves and others, and nearly 70% said it helped them think strategically.

Mindfulness training is used in the private and public sectors to develop mindful leaders and enhance resilience and wellbeing for staff.

Mindfulness is increasingly being used by organisations including Google, Facebook, Apple, and eBay, Twitter, US Marines, Intel, KPMG, General Mills, Transport for London (TFL), GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, the Home Office, Police, the Cabinet Office, Councils, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Banks, Financial institutions, law firms, universities, the housing sector and the NHS.

The Specifics

Mindfulness has been proven to:

  • Reduce stress levels and illness – related absenteeism
  • Improve levels of job satisfaction and employee engagement
  • Improve relationships and teamwork
  • Increase employee resilience and ability to cope under pressure
  • Develop aware and resonant leadership
  • Improve productivity
  • Improve time management
  • Enabled more effective decision making
  • Facilitate better understanding of complex situations
  • Facilitate clearer and more effective communication
  • Reduce conflict in the workplace
  • Lower levels of employee turnover
  • Create higher levels of creativity and innovation

Many organisation offering mindfulness find that the costs involved with providing the programmes are more than offset by benefits gained, including a reduction in absenteeism and increased employee retention as staff often regard mindfulness programmes as a ‘job perk.’ See Here