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6 Ways Mindfulness Training Builds Healthier Workplaces

Updated: May 18, 2020

The evolving COVID-19 global health crisis is affecting Canadians' mental health. A recent IPSOS study found that 56% of Canadians surveyed say that their mental health has been negatively impacted.

And many people, think the effects will be long lasting. Two-thirds (67%) of Ontarians agree that the mental health impacts of COVID-19 will be serious and lasting.

Long before the pandemic, the Mental Health Commission of Canada reported that:

  • Mental illness costs $50 billion a year

  • It affects 7.5 million Canadians - that is about 20% of the population!

  • During any given week, 500,000 Canadians do not go to work due to a psychological health issue.

Without significant efforts to support positive mental health, we can likely expect to see the numbers above rise.

Having a mental health strategy in place can help employers support their people through these challenging and uncertain times. Mindfulness training can be a great tool to help build a happier, healthier workplaces.

In a study with the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, researchers found that the MindWell Challenge (our online mindfulness training program) positively affects many factors that help build healthy workplaces.

They found that the Challenge:

Significantly increases Emotion Regulation

Emotion regulation is the ability to appraise situations differently. It’s crucial because it helps employees manage their thoughts and emotions in the workplace in a healthier, more positive way.

Significantly increases Work Engagement

This is a BIG one! Work engagement is SUPER important because it increases productivity and performance, interpersonal relationships, and workplace wellbeing. When we’re talking about work engagement, we’re talking about the combination of three things:

  1. Vigour - having high levels of energy and mental resilience, the willingness to invest effort in work, & persistence in the face of difficulties

  2. Dedication - being strongly involved in one’s work, experiencing a sense of significance, enthusiasm, inspiration, pride, & challenge

  3. Absorption - being fully and happily engrossed in one’s work

Significantly Increases Workplace Thriving

Employees thrive in the workplace when they feel alive, vital, and energetic, and when they feel that they are developing and growing. It is an important indicator of employee health and wellbeing, and a robust predictor of performance and job satisfaction.

Significantly Increases Conflict Management

Conflict is a pervasive aspect of work and managing it effectively is critical for interpersonal relationships and team functioning. Collaboration is one of the most constructive forms of conflict management.

Significantly Decreases Job Burnout

This is another HUGE one. The World Health Organization recently called burnout an “occupational phenomenon.” Decreasing burnout is incredibly important because it has major impacts on wellbeing and performance and increases absenteeism and turnover

Significantly Decreases Interpersonal Deviance

Managing interpersonal deviance in workplaces is important because it leads to division and workplace conflict, which impairs interpersonal relationships and team functioning.

Looking for resources you can use to support your employees' mental health? Book a demo to learn more about MindWell's evidence-based online training!

Also, check out the MindWell Tool Kit for free resources you can use today.

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