Scheduling in time for meditation to support mental health

The demands of a corporate environment can take a toll on the mental health of employees. The pandemic has bought this issue into sharp focus, being responsible for increased levels of stress and psychological distress in the workplace, leaving staff functioning far below their usual capacities, and having a marked impact on the wellbeing of both employees and businesses.

So, what are the benefits of meditation and increased mindfulness when it comes to employee wellbeing, and how can businesses best implement and incorporate meditation within their own workplaces?

A need for mindfulness
There is an increasing need for accessible mental health practices within the workplace, with new research from meditation and mindfulness app, Samten, reporting 73% of HR professionals have revealed an increase in staff struggling with their mental health over the last 12 – 24 months.

The research, which surveyed just under 1,000 HR professionals on the impact COVID-19 has had on the mental wellbeing of their workforce, also found that nearly 30% of organisations had experienced a 25% increase in staff reporting mental health challenges, with 34% reporting a 26 – 50% increase and 20% reporting a 51 – 75% increase.