<br>Is meditation great for business?Corporations, such as Apple, Google, Nike, Time Warner, Yahoo!, Procter & Gamble and HBO, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsU2-o9ox5Y">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsU2-o9ox5Y</a> are allegedly encouraging their employees to meditate. Where in the Venn diagram do corporate business practices intersect with meditation?Let's look at two factors--the negatives and the positives.The NegativesOver the previous four years I have been collecting data about anxiety and how it relates to the American job market.
What I have found is stunning. Stress reportedly costs the U.S. economy around 300 billion annually due to injuries, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal, and insurance expenses and workers' compensation awards in addition to tort and FELA decisions. That is not a minor number.In accession, a Gallup Poll revealed that four out of five workers in this country feel stressed on the job and nearly half say they want help in figuring out how to deal with stress.
A quarter of workers have felt like crying or shouting because of stress and about ten percent are worried about an individual in the office that they believe may become violent. All these numbers should ring loud warning bells.While meditation might not completely eradicate stress, studies show encouraging signs that confirm what meditation professionals have known for ages. In one of the most exhaustive studies this way, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore sifted through almost 19,000 meditation research and found 47 trials that met their standards for well-designed studies.
Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that meditation can help ease psychological pressures like anxiety, depression, and pain.The PositivesRecent research also have shown that meditation may increase focus and creativity, which might be why the above mentioned companies--who rely upon a measure of imagination and advancement --are encouraging their workers to meditate.With all the available data, another question has to be raised. "Why don't all corporations and companies motivate their employees to meditate?" The answer might not be as simple as you might imagine.
"Corporations Don't Care"The simplest response is that corporations do not care. That is true. Only humans care, and contrary to popular belief, corporations aren't people. However, corporations can be taught how to care. They use affectionate individuals, many of whom would like to incorporate stress reduction policies--many already have. But as everyone knows, in order to get a company wide policy to change you have to persuade the chief financial officer.
Money talks, right? Luckily CFO's could be persuaded using a simple web search (meditation research, cost of stress) coupled with a fundamental 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 those previously mentioned and started promoting their workers to meditate--they could even decide to offer some training.A quote comes to mind I heard from Brian Tracy:"The question isn't whether you train your employees and they leave--the issue is, what if you don't train them and they stay?" Gudjon Bergmann, Copyright 2014newsletter signal upquick linksGet that the bookEasy to read and easy to follow.