July 31, 2019 by
<br>Is meditation great for business?Corporations, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh7Y1UeeiFA">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh7Y1UeeiFA</a> such as Apple, Google, Nike, Time Warner, Yahoo!, Procter & Gamble and HBO, are allegedly encouraging their workers to meditate. The obvious question has to be"why?" Where in the Venn diagram do corporate business practices intersect with meditation?Let's look at two factors--the negatives along with the positives.The NegativesOver the last four decades I have been collecting data about anxiety and how it relates to the American job market.
What I have found is magnificent. Stress allegedly costs the U.S. market around 300 billion annually due to accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal, and insurance costs and workers' compensation awards in addition to tort and FELA decisions. That's not a minor number.In addition, a Gallup Poll revealed that four out of five workers in this nation feel stressed at work and nearly half say they need help in figuring out how to deal with stress.
A quarter of workers have felt like crying or shouting because of anxiety and about ten percent are worried about a person at work which they believe could become violent. Every one of these numbers should ring loud warning bells.While meditation might not fully eradicate anxiety, but studies show encouraging signs that confirm what meditation professionals have known for ages. In one of the most exhaustive studies this far, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore sifted through nearly 19,000 meditation studies and found 47 trials that met their criteria for well-designed research studies.
Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that meditation helps alleviate psychological pressures like stress, depression, and pain.The PositivesRecent research also have shown that meditation may increase creativity and focus, which might be why the aforementioned companies--who all rely on a measure of creativity and development--are encouraging their workers to meditate.With all the available data, another question needs to be increased.
"Why not all businesses and companies encourage their employees to meditate?" The answer might not be as straightforward as one might imagine. "Businesses Don't Care"The easiest answer is that corporations don't care. That's true. However, corporations may be taught how to care. They use caring people, many of whom would love to incorporate anxiety reduction policies--some already have. However, as everyone knows, in order to get a company wide policy to change you also have to persuade the chief financial officer.
Fortunately CFO's can be persuaded with a simple search (meditation research, cost of anxiety ) coupled with a basic mathematical formula which takes into consideration some of the matters mentioned in this article.I would not be shocked if more corporations followed in the footsteps of these previously mentioned and started promoting their workers to meditate--they might even decide to offer you some training.A quotation comes to mind that I heard from Brian Tracy:"The question is not if you train your employees and they depart --the issue is, what if you do not train them and they stay?