Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Making workplace meditation work
from HRE Daily
by Kristen Frasch
"Mindfulness appears to be alive and well in Fort Collins, Colo. Or at the Fort Collins Housing Authority anyway.
Just before the holidays, I came across this release about the FCHA completing a month-long mindfulness program for its staff. Seems the organization’s top leaders took its annual wellness survey seriously when a common complaint came back suggesting improvements in work/life balance and health and general well-being were needed.
In the words of FCHA Chief Executive Officer Julie Brewen: “We are committed to implementing new programs for the health and well-being of our staff.”
In an industry that deals with tough issues such as poverty, homelessness and families in crisis, she says, the program was a step in the right direction. The program consisted of daily, hour-long sessions during work hours that blended presentations, group discussion and meditation practice.
The results? According to Brewen, lowered stress and depression, and an increase in work/life balance..." more