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Meditation and mindfulness don’t work!
Employees need better strategies for managing stress and building resilience in today’s world. They need skills useful for ‘in the moment’ situations—difficult meetings, tense conversations, giving presentations--where stress levels can hit the ceiling.
Unrolling a yoga mat in a stressful meeting is not yet the norm!
The World Health Organization states that stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century.
If you’re serious about implementing a health and wellbeing programme that makes your staff feel valued because you understand their wellbeing needs, then you need to come to our talk ‘Why smart companies want more than meditation and mindfulness’ to find out more.
The UK is experiencing record high levels of stress. Health issues and employee absenteeism have always been a direct result of work-related stress and anxiety, but lockdowns have compounded people’s fears and concerns about their jobs, health, finances and relationships.
Stress does not discriminate and affects everyone from the CEO downwards. The pressure to survive and thrive is a priority for all businesses. It’s more crucial now for managers to understand the best way to work with and help employees who are looking for more than just a salary.
Increased wellbeing has become significantly more important and the payoff to an organisation who can meet this need is increased employee engagement, happier, healthier staff, fewer staff taking time off for sickness and lower turnover.
Now more than ever stress management must be properly delivered, practiced and embodied. Power-point slides and meditation or mindfulness classes are not enough because they fail to give people the skills they need to help them in those ‘in the moment’ stressful situations.
Stress is scientifically recognised as a significant factor in chronic illness. The cost to companies to lay off staff and train new people due to mental or physical health issues leading to staff being off work is incalculable.
Marian Bourne and Cindy Galvin are the co-founders of Catalyst Thinking, a company dedicated to achieving change through powerful solutions and creative strategies, that meet the wide and complex needs of employees in a fast changing and uncertain business environment. They have over 50 years' combined experience working in the private health sector and corporate world, as entrepreneurs and managers of large teams, who know how damaging stress is.