Who’s Happy Now? The pink elephant in the room
A survey out this week from Forbes Magazine reports only 19% of employees are happy in their jobs. That’s a pretty sad statistic. Not only as a bottom line concern for the employee asset pool, but for health care costs as well.
Scientific research from Barbara Fredrickson at the Psychology, Emotion and Psychophysiology Lab at the UNC Chapel Hill proves that positive emotion is a predictive indicator of health and longevity. Happiness matters, as evidenced by the January/February 2012 issue of the HBR, The Value of Happiness: How Employee Well-Being Drives Profits.
So, how to create happy, engaged employees? One of the best ways to develop an upbeat, engaged workforce is to shift outlook through mindfulness education.
Speakers at the Wisdom 2.0 Business conference last month presented story after story about the bottom line impact of teaching employees to self manage their mental and emotional condition. Mindfulness in the workplace leads to an increased sense of control and a decrease in anxiety. Employees find optimism, comfort and ease while employers see improved productivity, team collaboration, innovation and creativity. All that happiness every minute of every day, both on and off the job. Engineers, cancer researchers, hotel employees and business innovators all benefit from “Secular, scientifically proven, mental exercise” (that’s the term the Google engineering team uses for their mindfulness practice).
If you want to learn more about the impact of mindfulness on the bottom line, Optimal Mindset can help. Contact us and schedule your educational overview today.