Will mindfulness and wellbeing elevate productivity?

Mindfulness has exploded in our public consciousness — an antidote to our always-on, constantly connected way of life where multi-tasking, distraction, and sleep-deprivation erode focus, attention, and awareness.

The notion of mindfulness is now taking root in companies as a lever for enhancing organizational performance. Research shows that mindfulness practices can be effective in decreasing stress and increasing wellbeing, driving innovative thinking and boosting collaboration — many things companies want.

Aetna estimates that since instituting its mindfulness program, it has saved about $2,000 per employee in healthcare costs, and gained about $3,000 per employee in productivity.

Will this path to effectiveness transform how we think about training and development? How can we leverage mindfulness practices to create happier people and better companies from the inside out?

 

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