6 Reasons Mindfulness Training Builds Healthier Workplaces
Did you know that the Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that:
Mental illness costs $50 billion a year
It affects 7.5 million Canadians - that is about 20% of the population!
In any given week, 500,000 Canadians do not go to work due to a psychological health issue.
YIKES! Those are pretty scary numbers.
The good news? Mindfulness training can help you build a happier, healthier workplace for your employees.
In a recent 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:
Vigour - having high levels of energy and mental resilience, the willingness to invest effort in work, & persistence in the face of difficulties
Dedication - being strongly involved in one’s work, experiencing a sense of significance, enthusiasm, inspiration, pride, & challenge
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.