THE SAMU MEDITATION CORPORATE PROGRAM
A Stress-Free, Healthy Employee Can Improve Your Profitability
Clinical, on-the-job studies show that meditation:
- Lessens job worry, tension and the desire to change jobs
- Increases efficiency, concentration, productivity and job satisfaction
- Decreases absentee rates
- Improves interpersonal skills
- Lowers blood pressure and improves overall health
- Reduces anxiety, insomnia and fatigue
The Stressed-Out, Distracted Worker Can Drain Your Bottom Line
- Workers compensation, absenteeism and stress-related healthcare costs drain business coffers of $150 billion to $300 billion each year.
- Metropolitan Life Insurance studies estimate that the equivalent of one million workers is absent from work each day as a result of stress-related problems.
- Stress is the culprit in increased risk of workplace injuries, heart disease, stroke, insomnia, ulcers, and colds and flu’s, contributing to high levels of absenteeism.
- Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
“Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in 8 Weeks”
Stress dulls analytic abilities and reduces the brain’s processing capabilities, which often results in job dissatisfaction and high turnover. When employees suffer stress, the overall corporate culture can become a more rigid, tense, and less open-minded one. Stress expresses itself in employees’ chronic criticism of projects and plans, in sarcasm, suspicion, boss-bashing, and in an ‘us v. them’ mentality. Also, when the body is under stress, it produces cortisol, a hormone that in large quantities can weaken the immune system and promote hypertension.
Meditation is the remedy for the tension and fatigue that naturally follow a succession of long days spent sitting in meetings, responding to telephone and e-mail demands, and dealing with difficult people. It’s an ancient approach but a completely modern practice that, when practiced regularly, has a positive impact on productivity, efficiency and creativity. Meditation also improves the quality of life and helps to strike a harmonious balance between work and home.
Meditation is not just sitting still and breathing. And it certainly isn’t a method of ‘zoning out.’ It is a tool to focus attention and heighten productivity.
Workshops and seminars are customized to suit the needs of each workplace and will include:
- Listening exercises that teach the value of listening effectively and how to listen without judgment and ready reaction.
- Writing exercises that help participants achieve clarity in the communication process.
- Oral exercises that integrate the listening and writing exercises to further improve communication.
- Instruction on how to sit still to develop concentration, self-discipline and a greater understanding of how and why things happen the way they do.
- Breathing exercises that cultivate focus, clarity and equanimity.
- Movement exercises to make clear that meditation is not a static activity, but rather a strategy for mindfulness in all situations.
Meditation works for each person in a different way and, once learned, does not require a special place or equipment.
Author Nancy O’Hara, with her Corporate Meditation workshops, provides a way to reach each participant at his or her core to encourage emotional balance. The sessions give them the tools they need to self-regenerate on a regular basis, cutting down on absenteeism and turnover, and expanding creative and intellectual critical mass.