We all know the benefits of Mindfulness for individuals.

Mindfulness makes us more self-aware, calmer and resilient.

It helps us to manage stressful situations, to handle our emotions, and to create better connections with others.

It also helps us let go of painful emotions, trauma and anxiety. It can even reduce our heart rate and blood pressure, when practised regularly.

Overall, mindfulness makes us happier and improves our emotional well-being.

This is all well and good.

But how can mindfulness help your business, and why should you encourage your staff and managers to practice mindfulness?

In other words – what’s the business case for mindfulness?

Well, for starters, stressed employees are more likely to take sick leave than non-stressed employees. According to recent research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the average cost of sick leave in UK businesses is around £554 per employee. Multiply that by the number of employees in your business, and you’ll start to see the financial impact of stress in your company.

By reducing the amount of sick leave, you’ll automatically save money, and increase your annual profits.

And your valued staff will be less likely to quit, if they’re feeling less stressed, which will also reduce your recruitment and induction costs.

But that’s just the beginning.

Mindfulness also helps people think more clearly, which leads to better decisions, which can also affect their productivity and resilience.

Plus, people who practice mindfulness together – in team meetings, for example – are more likely to have more productive discussions, and fewer confrontations.

The morale in your offices will be higher, and people will be happier to go to work instead of lying awake at night worrying about it.

It turns out, there are multiple reasons for your business to encourage its staff to practice mindfulness – and it’s also easy for you to show positive leadership and introduce mindfulness training into your well-being programmes and management coaching packages.

To discuss the opportunity to book a Mindfulness at Work session for your employees, or for other tailored mindfulness related courses, you can contact me on hazel@hazelhardie.com or call 07813336080 during office hours.

Are you or your staff already practising mindfulness? I’d love to hear about your experience of how mindfulness is helping your business. Get in touch, and I’ll buy you a coffee!