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Mindfulness In the Workplace: Reducing Mental Illness Risks

Mindfulness In the Workplace: Reducing Mental Illness Risks

CBS News highlighted the “Most Stressful American Jobs of 2018”, and they listed a wide range of positions, including: corporate executives, public relations executives, event coordinators, military personnel, and more.  All of these types of work involve intense deadlines, immense pressure, structure and more. One of the most challenging aspects of working in an increasingly demanding position is the ability to focus in on the small moments of life, without getting caught in a whirlwind of work-related concerns. Mindfulness is an excellent way to combat mindlessness, which occurs when we become so “caught up” in tasks and deadlines that we forget what’s happening in the present moment.

As a higher-level manager in an already stressful field, incorporating mindfulness into the workplace may seem far from the top of your list. It’s important to remember, however, that with mindfulness, comes a plethora of benefits that you may witness first-hand from your employees:

  • Employees’ motivation and satisfaction at work is likely to increase
  • Manager who are mindful are better able to handle critical decisions, appropriately handle disputes, and better organize priorities
  • Mindfulness helps tackle judgment, which means that your workplace could become more inclusive
  • The New York Times reports that employees at Aetna experienced a 28% decrease in stress, a 20% increase in sleep satisfaction, and a 19% reduction in pain after engaging in a mindfulness program

If you want to implement mindfulness in the workplace, a health promotion program could be very beneficial. A 2015 study published in the journal PLOS One sought to explore the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on employees; 144 participants were involved, and were randomly assigned to either the mindfulness intervention or a control group for comparison. Researchers assessed progress before the intervention, during, and at the completion of, in addition to 4 and 8 weeks after the intervention ended. Ultimately, researchers found that the mindfulness program reduced employees’ fatigue and perceived stress greater than that of the comparison group.

Moving forward with a mindfulness program could allow those in your workplace to develop healthy coping tools for demanding, stressful work. To work effectively as a cohesive team, it’s important that mental health is considered a priority.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about programs for mental illness and addiction. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

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References

https://www.cbsnews.com/media/9-most-stressful-american-jobs-in-2018/10/

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0138089

https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-244X-14-131

https://www.corehr.com/blog/mindfulness-at-work-4-ways-it-can-benefit-the-workplace/

 

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