Humor me for a second… I want you to sit comfortably in your chair, put two feet solidly on the ground, close your eyes and take a deep breath – and realize that meditation is now being taken seriously in the workplace.
I have multiple professional services clients who have offered meditation seminars, meditation trainings, and even regular onsite meditation sessions. Meditation and mindfulness experiences are discussed regularly with clients in all industries. We even had our own session here at Frenkel HQ and it was a major success.
According to Wellable’s 2018 Wellness Industry Trends survey, mental health is ranked highest in terms of where employers will be investing more in their wellness programs (65%). Also included in the survey was meditation and mindfulness (57%), and stress management and resilience (52%). Meditation actually beat out stress management in this report… I don’t see this trend going away any time soon – it’s well worth the look for your organization.
There are a few ways we recommend adding meditation to your wellness program depending on what might work best with your culture, the geographic locations of employees, and your budget:
- EAP Services – Most Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) offer free seminars and webinars to their clients. Check your EAP’s 2019 catalog for meditation and mindfulness topics
- Seminar / Webinars – Local practitioners of meditation can come onsite for a seminar (and/or host a webinar that can be recorded and shared with employees for them to review on their own time schedule)
- Drop-In Meditation – Keep it short and approachable. Many local practitioners are open to coming onsite to host 15-minute drop-in sessions for learning or practicing meditation.
- Mobile Apps – there are LOTS of meditation apps out there (think: Headspace, Calm, MindBody). Headspace offers a corporate product through which you can offer a discount to employees and get utilization reporting.
- Online Platforms – If your population is dispersed, consider offering an online platform such as Whil or Mindario. These focus on meditation as well as other facets of stress management. Another is MeditationWorks, which includes live online meditation sessions.
We’re getting there – one breath at a time.