health & wellness
Mind Your Mindfulness
MINDFULNESS AT WORK CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE. HERE’S WHY.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of numerous mental health
leaders, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health, Bell Let’s Talk and even Princes William and
Harry, the stigma around mental health has been reduc-ing.
And not a minute too soon:
■■ One in four adults suffer from some sort of mental illness
(Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)
■■ Millennials are the most stressed-out generation in history
■■ One million Canadians miss work every day due to stress-related
illness, costing the economy $50 billion a year in absenteeism
and presenteeism (The Conference Board of Canada)
These numbers are staggering and expected to rise as more of
us are working longer, harder and faster with less time to recharge
our batteries, thanks to constant connectivity.
So what happens when you cross reduced stigma with an
increasingly stressed-out workforce? Demand for help goes up.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, this
increasing demand cannot be met by in-person resources alone;
organizations will need to turn to online tools to support employ-ees
and keep them healthy, engaged and safe in their jobs.
Mindfulness training, both in-person and online, is a mental
health tool that organizations around the world are turning to
for this very reason. In fact, in the United States, 22 per cent of
By Dr. Geoff Soloway
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STEER CLEAR OF USING THE
WORD “MEDITATION” AS IT
CAN BE A BARRIER FOR MANY.
HRPROFESSIONALNOW.CA ❚ JUNE 2018 ❚ 35