There’s been a lot of talk about improving productivity and efficiency at work for years: reducing sick days and ‘presenteeism’, so that staff can get more done each day, each year.
If you own a small business or manage staff in a big company, you will know how inconsistent staff can be.
Absenteeism is said to cost Australian employers $33 billion a year, a shade less than presenteeism while Ernst & Young figures showed low-to-moderate ‘wellbeing’ was costing Australian employers another $12 billion.
But what doesn’t always make the headlines is the quality of attention that goes into our work. Most people want the best for our employer and our career, so why can’t we put worries and ego aside more often to energetically collaborate and innovate?
Just how clear are we in our thinking? Not very, according to a much-cited study by Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert from Harvard, which was published in journal Science. It found that people spend 46.9 per cent of their time awake thinking about something other than what they are doing.
Tomas Jajesnica, founder of Mr Meditate, says meditation is a skill that allows people to step back and see what they are doing and how they are doing it – instead of being caught up in work and the politics of work.
“When we have a calm, focused and clear mind, we can reach our optimal performance more often. Instead of focusing solely on productivity, it becomes the by-product of having a clear mind.”
Jajesnica started Mr Meditate, a corporate meditation provider, in response to the increasing mental health issues he was seeing in law firms. But after working with 80 companies over five years he knows that issues like anxiety and depression are affecting people from every sector.
“Unfortunately, the workplace is a wonderful accelerant of poor mental health, it creates busy minds.
How can a busy mind think clearly?
“As a result of these busy minds, mental health claims are increasing. The truth is a fast mind can be dangerous, but a still mind is divine.”
Mr Meditate is running a series of meditation and/ or laughter workshops in Melbourne during Mental Health week: October 8 to 14, 2017.
Written by: Peter Vincent
September 27, 2017