The holidays can be a joyful time filled with celebration and time to unwind at year’s end. But with all the preparation for the holidays can come added stress in the workplace as employees frantically wrap up projects and plan for the new year before taking a much-needed holiday break.
According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed claimed their stress increases during the holidays — only 8% of people say they feel happier.
While holiday parties and bonuses are nice perks, they aren’t always enough to reduce employee stress during the holidays. Managers should engage in regular communication with employees to understand challenges and areas of frustration and find ways to help employees alleviate stress. Creating space for mindfulness can be effective not only in reducing holiday angst but also improving employee morale.
Over 400 scientific studies have demonstrated the unparalleled effectiveness of mindfulness in reducing stress, lifting mood, increasing concentration, fostering creative thinking, improving decision-making, strengthening the immune system, and developing empathy and altruism.
An emphasis on skills like resilience, mental agility, self-awareness, and sharp decision-making abilities is shaping the way organizations are evaluating their talent landscape. Mindfulness could be the key to unlocking it all.
As shared in an article from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Knowledge@Wharton, the school’s online business analysis journal, “Mindfulness enables people to radically strengthen their ability to adapt quickly to evolving circumstances and ambiguous situations and to increase the speed with which they learn new things. It creates mental agility and helps people look inward to find answers.”
When employers invest in teaching employees mindfulness techniques and creating a culture that supports mindfulness, they increase employee engagement, commitment and productivity.
The ROI of mindful employees:
- 20% more employee productivity
- 20x fewer sick days
- 19% more job accuracy
- 59% less employee turnover
- 37% higher sales volume
- 86% lower healthcare costs
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