Mindfulness could reduce workplace stress

Practising mindfulness in the workplace is sure to reduce employee stress, according to one expert.

Liz Hall, mindfulness trainer, workshop facilitator and author of Mindful Coaching, reported in Personnel Today that the form of meditation is a great way to cope with the challenges, complexities and ambiguities of modern times.

It involves teaching people to train their minds to relax at the same time as paying attention to the body and the world around them, helping them to choose how they respond to stressful situations.

Ms Hall remarked people are turning to mindfulness as an antidote to doing, thinking and struggling, with benefits of the activity including improvements to physical and mental health and better stress management.

“For employers, this translates into higher productivity and reduced sickness absence levels, among other things,” she was quoted as saying.

A growing number of businesses are rolling out mindfulness to their staff, such as the Cabinet Office, KPMG, GlaxoSmithKline, Transport for London (TfL) and Google.

And it seems to be a success – TfL has seen its employee absence levels drop by 71 per cent since introducing workers to the therapy.

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