Converge International - Mental Fitness - Page 46



Time for
Mindfulness to go to
Work
The modern workplace, with constant connectivity
through personal devices and social media,
fluctuating priorities and competing personal and
professional demands, has taken its toll on the
human psyche. In Australia, one in five people
live with a mental health disorder, and this costs
employers $12.8 billion and the economy $60
billion each year (Parliament of Australia, 2019).
In this current complex working environment, with
an emphasis on future planning and goal
attainment, the traditional solution for the human
condition has been to go hard and do more. While
teaching employees to slow down and focus on
the present moment seems contradictive to the
traditional corporate culture, it may be a counterintuitive but simple solution that has eluded
organisations.
A 2011 literature review by
Glomb, Duffy, Bono & Yang
found that the benefits of
mindfulness practices include:
Decreased:
stress
anxiety
pain
alcohol & substance abuse
Increased:
well-being
human flourishing
physical health
sleep quality
positive emotions
social connectedness
life satisfaction
While this field of research is
relatively new, the business
world has taken notice of these
positive results and the
potential of mindfulness to
influence workplace outcomes
as well.

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