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Fighting Stress in the Workplace

Work is stressful. There’s no way around it. Even the best places to work have a little stress when you’re looking at deadlines and deliverables.

Research has shown that stressed workers are less engaged, less productive, and have higher levels of absenteeism and turnover. What’s more, stressed employees have higher healthcare costs than their less-stressed peers. 

From depression to heart disease, the consequences of stress-related illnesses cost U.S. businesses nearly $200 billion a year. That figure is no laughing matter!

So where does meditation fit into this equation? Well, employers are beginning to pay more attention to employee wellbeing and investing in employee wellness solutions, including science-backed mindfulness training.

Workers in many high-stress occupations, such as healthcare professionals, call-center employees, and bankers, have experienced health benefits such as decreased stress after mindfulness training.

One study found that after 8 weeks of mindfulness training, nurses had significantly decreased stress levels and improvement in general health. The same improvements were sustained 4 months after the training.*

In another, employees of a call center working for a financial institution experienced decreased stress after listening to two short meditation sessions daily for 5 weeks. Bonus: The clients of these employees actually had increased satisfaction levels over time.*

A European study looked at a diverse sample of workers, including industrial clerks, bankers, hospitality service employees, retail salespersons, nurses, teachers, social workers, and psychologists. After 10 days of self-guided mindfulness exercises, participants reported decreased levels of emotional exhaustion.* 

Wellbeing in the workplace is a direct tie to the kind of work that your employees produce.

To learn more about how meditation.live can help improve employee health and happiness, visit www.meditation.live/team

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