How does mindfulness affect business results?

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 15:00


What do leading companies such as Google, Apple and SAP have in common in the way they view their workforce? They know that one of the fastest growing demographics within is burnt out leaders. This is why leading companies around the globe are introducing mindfulness programs into their leadership development so they can stop the rot and help their leaders to achieve their potential.

A lot has been written about emotional intelligence in recent years as it’s a popular topic that’s easy to understand. After all, it’s just human nature which is why people don’t normally need a lot of convincing that it works. The problem is that while emotional intelligence is an easy concept to understand, it’s difficult to develop. Neuroscience researchers have spent decades delving into the factors that improve or impair emotional intelligence leading experts to conclude that mindfulness training activities are the most effective tools for boosting emotional intelligence.

For leaders, it’s no longer enough to be able to just manage their people and processes. Leaders today need to also develop the personal resilience to effectively use their minds for managing their emotions, reactions and decisions in increasingly challenging business situations while helping the people they manage to do the same. Not only does mindfulness help individual leaders to improve their own emotional intelligence, it also leads to significant measurable results for the organisations they lead.

At IF Insurance, one of the largest insurance providers in Switzerland, 88% of participants who attended mindfulness training reported a highly increased ability to stay focused on tasks. Transport for London, one of the largest public transport organisations in the world, recorded a drop of 71% in employee days off for stress, anxiety and depression. Towers Perrin, a large professional services firm with more than 90,000 employees worldwide recorded that organisations with high employee engagement achieve 51% higher operating income and achieve earnings per share 39% higher than similar organisations with low employee engagement. 

This growing body of research demonstrates that a significant factor in driving employee engagement is the emotional intelligence of their managers and leaders. AIM offers a unique two-day program to meet the needs of managers and leaders who are looking to improve their ability to positively influence and engage others. The program helps in the development of a stronger focus of attention while providing a greater understanding of key neuroscience developments essential to effective and resilient leadership.