Huffington Post: Why Companies are Turning to Yoga and Meditation to Boost the Bottom Line

I may be weird, but I’m also in charge of the company.

– Mark Bertolinin, CEO of Aetna, Mindfulness-at-work Advocate.

A recent article by Peter S. Goodman tracks some of the corporate wellness programs that utilize “Mindfulness,” “Meditation” or more broadly branded programs like Chade Meng-Tan’s “Search Inside Yourself” to promote employee well-being.

Approximately one-fourth of all major American employers now deliver some version of stress reduction..

“Aetna determined that workers in its most stress-prone positions were racking up medical bills that exceeded those of other employees by an average of $2,000 a year. Last year, Aetna reduced its health care costs by 7 percent — a savings the CEO pegs in part to limiting stress through meditation and yoga.”

 

I have so many action items on my plate at all times that I can’t ever get my brain clear,” Kubly says. “This is a chance to just clear out. If you’re doing what is right for yourself, then you’re doing what is right for your organization. You get clarity, and that helps you make better decisions.”

And the article goes on to explore the link between well-being, profit, long-term & short-term costs and ‘conscious capitalism.’

“A business enterprise can be far more than a bunch of numbers that create a bottom line and return profit to shareholders,” Linton says. “Businesses have an opportunity, just like people, to say, ‘What are we here for?’ My goal is to align the self-actualization of the business with the self-actualization of the people who actually work here.”

 

The popularity of the wellness initiatives amounts to a recruiting tool, say the company’s human resources people. Such programs also help explain why 91 percent of Promega’s employees stick around from one year to the next, according to the company, minimizing disruptions and holding down training costs.”

Mindfulness is becoming super-popular in corporate circles, but the basic practice is still the same:

If at any point during our meditation you feel yourself losing focus, like you feel the workday creeping back in, the breath is always available,” Lyle says. “The breath can anchor us into the moment.

If you’d like to read the full article from the Huffington Post here.