2013 was rather a momentous year for Mindfulness.
And that wasn’t bad for something that had already been around for over 2,500 years.
In February 2013, more than 40 of the world’s most influential people were crammed into a room at the Davos Economic Summit in Switzerland, to practice Mindfulness.
By the end of 2013, 50 UK MPs and Peers were taking part in weekly Mindfulness sessions, held in the august environs of the Houses of Parliament.
And I first wrote a piece in that year asking, ‘Are You Mindfull or Mindful?’ for a now defunct social media platform — And that of course, remains a question that for many is still out there to be answered.
In between all this however, a mind shift across the business world started to take root, as a number of organisations began to look at and take Mindfulness very seriously.
Research had begun to show not only the significant benefits of Mindfulness in the workplace, but also demonstrate that these were more far reaching than simply improving well being across the workplace.
Significant improvements were also being measured in productivity, relationships and employee engagement, whilst creativity and the capacity to deal with demanding workloads were also found to be net beneficiaries.
Which was great news for businesses across all sectors, given the number of people working excessive hours in the UK alone had risen by 15% since 2010.
Put another way, a total of 3.417 million people since 2010 were working really long hours, up by 453,000 over the previous 5 years — And those figures did not include the self-employed!
Perhaps then it’s not surprising that lost productivity resulting from stress related absences in the workplace has become and remains a very real and pressing problem not just for the UK economy but also the global economy as well.
In the UK current losses are running at £23 billion per annum alone. Whilst the number of working days lost each year as a direct consequence total some 105 million, costing UK employers around £1.24 billion annually.
And perhaps it’s not surprising that conflict in the workplace is on the rise too, with one study conducted across Europe, the U.S. and Brazil, suggesting that 85% of employees at all levels experience some degree of conflict in the workplace.
So, The 7 Whys
And The 7 Ways
I rather hope I’m preaching to the converted, but if not you can find out even more about why and how to make your case to introduce Mindfulness into your workplace here.
Paul Mudd is the author of ‘Uncovering Mindfulness: In Search Of A Life More Meaningful’ available on Amazon and www.bookboon.com; the ‘Coffee & A Cup of Mindfulness’ and the ‘Mindful Hacks For Mindful Living & Mindful Working’ series. He is also a Contributing Author to The Huffington Post and a Contributing Writer to Thrive Global. Through The Mudd Partnership he works with business leaders, organisations and individuals in support of change, leadership excellence, business growth, organistional and individual wellbeing and well doing, and introducing Mindfulness. He can be contacted at [email protected] and you can follow the continuing journey uncovering Mindfulness on Twitter @TheMindfulBook and at @Paul_Mudd