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<br>Is meditation great for business?Corporations, such as Apple, Google, Nike, Time Warner, Yahoo!, Procter & Gamble and HBO, are reportedly encouraging their workers to meditate. The obvious question needs to be"why?" What I have discovered is stunning. Stress allegedly costs the U.S. market around 300 billion annually due to injuries, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal, and insurance expenses and workers' compensation awards as well as tort and FELA decisions.
That's not a minor number.In addition, a Gallup Poll revealed that four out of five employees in this country feel stressed at work and nearly half say they need help in learning how to take care of anxiety. A quarter of employees have felt like screaming or shouting because of stress and about ten percent are worried about an individual in the office that they believe could become violent. All of these amounts should ring loudly warning bells.While meditation may not completely eradicate anxiety, but studies show encouraging signs that confirm what meditation practitioners have known for ages.
In one of the most exhaustive research this way, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore sifted through nearly 19,000 meditation research and discovered 47 trials that met their criteria for well-designed studies. Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that meditation can help alleviate psychological pressures like stress, depression, and pain.The PositivesRecent studies also have proven that meditation can increase creativity and focus, which might be why the above mentioned companies--that all rely upon a measure of creativity and development--are encouraging their employees to meditate.With all of the available data, another question has to be increased.
"Why not all businesses and companies encourage their employees to meditate?" The solution may not be as simple as one might imagine. "Businesses Don't Care"The easiest answer is that corporations do not care. That's true. Only people care, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bS5BRj1_2I">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bS5BRj1_2I</a> contrary to popular belief, corporations are not people. However, corporations may be taught how to care. They use caring people, a lot of whom would love to incorporate anxiety reduction policies--many already have.
But as everybody knows, in order to get a company wide policy to change you have to convince the chief financial officer. Luckily CFO's can be persuaded with a simple search (meditation research, cost of stress) combined with a basic mathematical formula that takes into consideration some of the matters talked about in this article.I would not be shocked if more corporations followed in the footsteps of these previously mentioned and began encouraging their employees to meditate--they could even opt to offer you some training.A quote comes to mind that I heard from Brian Tracy:"The question isn't if you train your employees and they depart --the question is, what if you do not train them and they stay?" Gudjon Bergmann, Copyright 2014newsletter sign upquick linksGet the bookEasy to read and simple to follow.