The Cost of Stress

According to the World Health Organization and the American Institute of Stress (AIS), the cost of stress to American businesses is as high as $300 billion due to absenteeism, tardiness, turnover, and poor performance. AIS also reports:

  • 80% report to feel stress at work and around half say they need help managing stress

  • 42% say their colleagues need help managing stress

  • 40% of job turnover is due to stress

Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace

Research has shown incorporating mindfulness into the workplace:

  • Reduces employee turnover and absenteeism and increases productivity

  • Improves job satisfaction

  • Improves cognitive functions (concentration, memory, creativity, learning ability)

  • Improves communication skills, team work, and conflict resolution

  • Enhances employer/employee relationships

Stress and Healthcare Costs

Job stress elevates an employees’ risk for developing unhealthy behaviors like smoking, drug and alcohol and the over consumption of fatty and sweet foods. Unhealthy responses to stress discourage healthy behaviors like exercise, eating a balanced diet and making meaningful social connections. If unhealthy habits continue this cycle causes employees to be at more risk for developing anxiety or depression. While stress puts employees at higher risk for mental illness, there are numerous studies which have also linked stress to physical ailments like back pain, colorectal cancer, infectious disease, heart problems, headaches and diabetes.

  • According to the Center for Disease Control, 90% of doctor visits are stress related and preventable illness makes up at least 70% of all illness and the associated costs.

  • It is estimated that healthcare utilization induced by stress costs U.S. companies $68 billion annually and reduces profits by 10%.

  • The total cost of obesity to U.S. employers is $13 billion per year and workers’ compensation costs for a smoker averages $2,189 compared to only $176 for a nonsmoker.

We partner with innovative companies who care deeply about their employees and the people they serve.

Your goal is to have a team of creative, dedicated and open-minded individuals who know how to manage stress and remain focused under pressure. You know that happier employees equal happier customers, leading to the success of your organization. Our curriculum will help your organization learn:

  • How to skillfully manage stress and become less emotionally reactive. A key component of emotional intelligence.

  • How to use mindfulness in communication with colleagues and customers to provide greater clarity and cooperation.

  • The scientific evidence for mindfulness in a easy to understand and accessible manner to provide motivation for applying skills.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is an evidenced-based program that has been proven effective for reducing stress and improving physical and emotional wellness. MBSR is an 8-week course which meets weekly for 2-2.5 hours and includes an all-day retreat. This course is based on systematic and intensive training in mindfulness meditation and mindful hatha yoga. Participants will receive resources and guided meditations that can be downloaded for home use.

Modified MBSR

The modified MBSR course focuses on the main concepts from the full MBSR curriculum and is delivered over the course of 4 weeks. This course consists of 3 sessions of 90 minutes each and a 3-hour retreat. Participants will receive resources and guided meditations.

Half Day/Full Day Trainings

Trainings are based on the MBSR curriculum and include an introduction to mindfulness/meditation; how stress impacts the body and brain; the mind-body connection; daily skills that can be used to mitigate the effects of stress, guided meditations and experiential activities.

Due to the experienced benefits, mindfulness meditation has been implemented at Fortune 500 companies such as Google, General Mills, Nike, and Target and continues to gain ground in the business sector as evidenced by the following companies also incorporating forms of mindfulness into their companies: Abbott Laboratories, American Red Cross, AOL Time Warner Inc., AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, BASF Bioresearch, Cargill Inc., Comcast, Deutsche Bank, eBay, Fortis Bank, Etsy, General Motors, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Hughes Aircraft, IBM., Lucent International, Medtronic, Nortel Networks, Pacific Investment, Prentice-Hall, Procter and Gamble, Promega Corporation, Reebok, Starbucks, Sumitomo, Texas Instruments, Toronto City Hall, Toyota, Unilever, United HealthCare, Volvo, Xerox

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