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Meditation having major impact on workplace stress levels

A month of meditation can reduce an employee's stress levels by a third, research shows, but barriers remain to normalising mindfulness as part of wellbeing programs.

Jolawn Victor, the chief international officer of Headspace, says that in the first six months of the pandemic the number of organisations approaching her organisation for help increased by 500%.

The take-up rate among employees who are offered access is about 20–30%, but whether employees access it regularly is less important than the fact it's there if they want it, she tells HR Daily.

Employers don't always know where their employees are at, she explains, so when promoting mindfulness and meditation it's important to recognise it helps employees "in crisis" – whether personal, emotional or physical – but others will use it to improve their performance, or for "maintenance"...

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