Physical health

Employees who’re engaged in their jobs are generally in better health and have healthier habits than employees who are not engaged, including lower incidences of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, diagnosed depression and heart attacks. They also eat healthier, exercise more frequently and consume more fruit and vegetables, and are more likely to participate in employer-sponsored wellness programmes.

Gallup 2013

Nearly one third of staff persistently turn up to work ill: the annual cost of ‘presenteeism’ is twice that of absenteeism.

Professor Cary Cooper, CIPD conference keynote speech

131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013. More days were lost to back, neck and muscle pain than any other cause…

Office for National Statistics

Mental wellbeing

Mindfulness can do more than facilitate stress reduction and coping in the workplace. It can also be used as a tool to increase positive organisational behaviour.

Aikens et al (2014) study with employees from The Dow Chemical Company

Mindfulness can facilitate recovery from work stresses and help prevent burnout by increasing psychological detachment after work, as well as encouraging sleep quality. A restful night’s sleep may be the most valuable outcome experienced by participants in a
mindfulness programme.

Hülsheger et al. (2014)

Practicing mindfulness in a highly charged work environment allows lawyers to manage their emotions, leading to increased empathy and patience with clients and better relationships both at work and at home.

Orenstein (2014)

Resilience

Work-related insomnia decreases productivity, costing US businesses $63.2 billion each year.

Kessler et al (2011)

Employees struggling with mental health issues take ten more days of sick leave than their healthy coworkers.

McCraty, Atkinson, and Tomasino (2003)

Mindfulness and yoga successfully reduced the production of salivary α-amylase – the enzyme which signifies the activation of the sympathetic nervous system – by 40% in employees in busy intensive care units, lowering their reactions to stress and the risk of burnout.

Duchemin, Steinberg, Marks, Vanover and Klatt (2015)

Productivity

Sickness and absence costs UK organisations £29 billion every year, with British workers taking more than four times as many sick days off work than some of their global counterparts.

PwC, 2013

‘Flow’ is an optimal state of consciousness, when you feel and perform your best. But the average business person spends less than 5% of their day in flow. If you could increase that to 15%, overall workplace productivity would double.

Steven Kotler, ‘The Rise of Superman’ author

Investment in wellbeing returns at least £2.50 for every £1 spent and reduces absenteeism by 36%.

Department for Work and Pensions, 2011