Meditatie Amsterdam doesn’t team up with all organisations
We want to contribute to a healthier and better world and therefore only work with companies that have a sincere interest in sustainability and contribute through their services and/or products in a positive way to society and the planet. Although meditation undoubtedly will have a positive contribution here, we do not team up with, among others, companies that produce alcohol, soft drinks and tobacco products, fast food concerns and organisations in the meat and dairy industry.
A solution for the challenges of the present times
Modern business is challenging and demanding. Stress is professional disease number 1 for many years aleready and the demand for mental performance as well as the expectations and pressure confronting the modern-day worker, are probably bigger than ever. At the same time the moments for relaxation and recovery become more scarce. Not only at work, also ouside of business hours. More and more people are struggeling with their mental balance nowadays.
What do the statistics show?
- Data over 2016 from the doctors that work for businesses show that 42% of all reported occupational diseases was psychological, which indicated a further rise. The problems due to stress were already 1,5 times bigger than problems in the joints and muscles and stress and burn-out had the biggest share in that (74%). These are data over the total occupational population. For professions with mainly mental work the percentage psychological diseases was a lot higher, for the financial sector even around 95% (Data from the Dutch Centre for Occupational Diseases 2017). For 60% of the psychological diseases, sick leave was thereby longer than three months, what 4 years before was ‘just’ the case for 50% of them (NCVB 2013).
- In 2016 more than 1 out of 7 employees experienced burn-out problems. That was mainly the case for employees between 25 and 35 years old. Here it was experienced by 16% of all men and 18% of the women. (Data CBS/TNO). Four years earlier the most represented group for burn-out was a lot higher: for men between 51 and 60 years old and for women between 41 and 50 years of age (NCVB 2013).
- In 2017 16% of employees (15 to 75 years old) rapported to feel mentally fatigued at least a few times a month due to work, what in 2015 was 13% of the employees. Also here the biggest group was in the ages of 25 to 35 years old: here 19,5% experienced that, where two years before it still was 15% (CBS 2018). Among students these numbers are even higher (see here).
- The survey Arbobalans of CBS/TNO (among 45.000 workers) of 2018, showed a clear increase in burn-out problems through the years; from 11% in 2007 to 16% in 2017. Sick leave by workers with burn-out problems that didn’t lead to inability to work, was with 37 days per year a lot more than the 6 days in average employees. Employees as well as employers indicate work pressure and stress as by far the biggest threat for health problems.
- De Nationale Enquete Arbobalans 2018 onder ruimt 60.000 werknemers toonde dat het verzuim door stress verder toegenomen was en dit de belangrijkste reden was voor de toename van de verzuimkosten (10% meer dan het jaar ervoor wat zorgde voor een werkgeverskosten vanwege loondoorbetaling van 2,8 miljard euro, zo’n 8100 euro per werknemer). Verder bleek dat 1,3 miljoen werknemers last hadden van burn-outklachten.
- The National Inquiry Work balance 2018 among 60.000 employees, showed that sick leave due to stress furtherly increased and that this was the main reason for the increase in costs (that were 10% more than the year before and the employers costs due to salary obligations went to 2,8 bilion euro, a 8100 euro per employee). Also it showed that 1,3 milion employees experienced burn-out problems.
The tendency of an increase of the psychological occupational diseases like stress and burn-out, mainly under the relative younger employees, showed itself already in previous years.
- Research by CBS in 2014 showed that 2014 was the first year in history that stress and mental health problems caused more unemployment than physical problems like nek-back-headache pains, which was up to that point always the biggest group. For people under 25 it was even 85%.
- According to data of the Institute for unemployement (UWV) end 2013, psychological problems were the most given diagnose with people given a fee for inability to work: half of them had a primary diagnosis a psychological disease and a lot of them was the result of severe stress.
- Because in 2014 more than 1 in 3 employees took sick leave because of stress, (also seen by the research agency TNO), stress was declared occupational disease number 1 by the Dutch government (Rijksoverheid 2013)
- Between 1998 and 2013 the amount of people unable to work because of psychological problems grew from around 30%, to almost 50%. Around 75% of that is due to stress. There were no indications for the inspection by the government that this trend would turn around. ‘On the contrary: the Inspection found indications that currently there are several factors that increase the risc of psychosocial stress during work.’ (Rijksoverheid – Inspectie Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid 2015).
- The total amount of sick leave did not change much between 2009 and 2014, but the part caused by stress in 2014 was eight times higher than five years before (research under 1,1 million people by ArboNed).
- Sick leave because of stress lasted in 2016, depending on severity, between five and a half and eight months on average. There was a renewed severity of stress and therefore the length of sick leave over 2015-2016 (ArboNed).
- ‘Because one day of sick leave costs 250 euro, it is important to recognise and handle stress and psychological problems in an early stage’ (ArboNed 2016). That means a burn-out costs an organisation around 60.000 euro.
- ‘Of the employees that recovered from sick leave due to stress, 28% will have to take sick leave again because of psychological complaints, mostly within twelve months’ (ArboNed 2016).
In spite of this, most companies still aim for the physical interventions like massage on the workfloor or fitness memberships when it comes to increasing health of decreasing sick leave.
Meditation in business
The statistics show that more mental calm and space is no luxury these days. Meditation does more than just help with increasing stress resistance and the recovery of stress or burn-out problems. Where in our society it is mainly used to calm down, meditation originally was more aimed at personal development.
Medition leads to increased productivity and mental performance. It does for the mind what sport does for the body; it makes it stronger and more flexible. Wherever you are at the scale below, meditation makes you move towards the right.
Optimal mental productivity, together with optimal mental health, are the basis of top performance and optimal business results. Meditation increases both. Companies often invest a lot of money in increasing the productivity of their employees. Courses and education are often only aimed at gaining knowledge and not so much on training the performance capacity of the mind and brain. Something where in the West, we actually don’t have any tools for. As far as I know, meditation is the only technique that has proven to increase the mental capacity and functioning.
The positive effects of meditation found by science are, among others:
- Less stress
- More stress resistance
- Greater productivity
- More concentration capacity
- More creativity
- More memory capacity
- Faster working brain
- Greater ability to stick to a task
- Less distraction
- Less errors
- Quicker decision making
- More information intake
- More energy
- Less fatigue
- More entrepreneurship
- Greater mental and physical health
- Smaller chance of sick leave
- Smaller chance of burn-out
For links to the research articles, go to the page Research. It is makes complete sense that meditation is seen more and more within the corprotare world. Organisations like Apple, Google and Twitter have meditation trainers at work for their employees and people like Steve Jobs, one of the most productive and creative minds of the last decades, make meditation a daily habit.
Meditation is a concrete, clear means to better performance for the individual worker and the complete team. Because it brings the attention past all obscuring thoughts and feelings that automatically arise and it brings clarity to the things that actually happen, meditation is all but esoteric. It makes the world and perception of it as concrete and clear as possible. It’s exactly this concrete feature of meditation that attracts higher educated people and the business world.
Also outside of the business world, meditation is used more and more. Because it increases concentration, efficiency and performance capacity when the pressure is high, also top athletes and elite military units incorprate it in their training programs. Thereby doctors prescribe meditation like mindfulness to their patients with stress, burn-outs and other problems.
Meditation in your organisation
Meditation can also benefit your company in reaching optimal business results. It increases productivity and helps employees that cope with stress or tension, to come to a better health balance. This is the reason that it can also be used as part of a reintegration process to return to work (except in the case of mental disorders that need medical treatment). Just like in the gym, everybody can participate in one and the same session and work toward his or her individual goal. If that is re-integration to work or achieving mental top performance doesn’t matter. In the end meditation within an organisation will bring wellbeing, mentally as well as physically, to everybody that attends.
Meditatie Amsterdam offers meditation in a concrete, clear and modern way within organisations, completely aligned with the dynamic and productive modern business.
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