Why are leading organizations — from tech giants like Google to traditional institutions like the United States Marine Corps — incorporating mindfulness into their workforce health strategies? Because it’s a simple, effective tool for managing stress, enhancing engagement, and promoting a culture of wellness at work.
What mindfulness means — and why it matters
Mindfulness is simple. At its core, it’s a concentrated effort to be fully present in the moment in a nonjudgmental way, without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It can train the brain to be more focused, efficient, and better at managing stress — which is especially valuable in the workplace, where mental strain can skyrocket.
Research also suggests that practicing mindfulness brings physiological benefits, including better sleep and an improved ability to cope with pain. A 2018 study at Harvard even found that the simple act of clearing the mind for 15 minutes a day helps reduce blood pressure.1