“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…”
By Pema Chödrön.
Why is there a tendency in the most important and innovative companies of the planet to implement and carry out mindfulness workshops and courses?
Apple, Google, Intel, Bank of America, Green Mountain Coffe Roasters, Nike, P & G, Aetna, eBay, Twitter, Repsol, AstraZeneca, L’Oréal Spain, AOL and General Mills among others, are applying these programs broadly and with great success.
Chade Meng Tan, a software engineer from Google, developed the mindfulness course “Search Inside Yourself”, where they have already gone through the 5,000 of its 35,000 collaborators.
At General Mills, thanks to former Vice President Janice Marturano, they developed and promoted the “Mindful Leadership” program with surprising results among managers and managers in the middle and upper ranks.
There are many companies that begin to carry out these processes in their offices with the aim of reducing stress levels, improving the quality of life of their employees, as well as increasing emotional and relational intelligence and the development of conscious leadership.
In Colombia, companies such as Constructora Colpatria, Codensa, Arrayanes Gymnasium, Sura Asset Management, Bancolombia, Crayola and Lápiz Children’s Garden, PetroSantander, Americas BPS, among others, have already had an approach with this powerful tool and other organizations are beginning to be interested in taking these trainings to their collaborators.
Results in a higher productivity
Every day we receive a number of stimuli and distractors that reduce our attention and reduce concentration and performance.
According to numerous investigations, some experts express that one of the most effective techniques to combat this global malaise is this type of training.
Mindfulness, (full consciousness or full presence), is a mental training where the brain is taught to focus on only one thing at a time.
According to some researches, the work gets to change the focus of attention about 20 times per hour and it is estimated that each employee loses on average 2 hours a day in distractions, which is about 10 hours a week, that is, the 25% of the workday.
Experts say that those who practice mindfulness are able to recover between 95% and 100% of the time they previously lost due to interruptions, multitasking and attention deficit.
Another aspect that has been measured is the impact of multitasking in relation to the efficiency of employees. Research suggests that “multitasking has an impact on the IQ, equivalent to a sleepless night or the consumption of marijuana.”
Mindfulness invites us to do only one thing at a time.
The statistics show that people who do only one thing at a time have on average 25% more efficiency than people who are multitasking.
And that a person who was previously multitasking could increase their efficiency on average by 30% doing this type of training.
Another key aspect of mindfulness in business terms is the reduction and management of stress.
Recent research also agrees that chronic stress adversely affects our physical, mental and emotional health.
According to WHO, “if you are stressed you are more sick, you are less motivated, you decrease your productivity and you are exposed to more accidents”.
Studies in this regard also show that work-related stress has a direct connection to health deficits.
This is what the Behavioral Science and Policy Association warns: “the tensions in the work derived, for example, from precarious work, increase the chances of having poor health by 50%”.
In addition, it concludes that high labor demands increase the chances of having a disease by 35%, not to mention the excess of work, which has been shown, increases mortality by almost 20%.
The researchers, who analyzed 228 cases observing the relationship between occupational stress and health factors, urge companies to pay attention to the serious effects of stress on employees and to take measures to prevent them.