1. Encourage meditation by facilitating the time and space.
Meditation is proven to not only provide immediate relief from stress, but train the mind overtime to better handle potential future stressors. It’s free, always available, and significantly helpful. So, what can your organization do to encourage employees to take the first step?
Provide the time and the space. Chances are that someone on your team is interested in teaching meditation classes once a week. External coaches are also readily available. This is a great opportunity for bonding and strengthening internal culture, and it will empower employees to be able to practice on their own.
Space is also important. Specialized office spaces are nothing new: Google has sleep pods, Spotify has a nap room, Twitter has treadmills. Meditation doesn’t require anything quite as fancy–just a quiet room–but furnishing it with pillows, mats and soft lighting is a nice touch.
2. Provide employees opportunities to be in nature.
Intuitively, we know that nature heals. But there’s actual proof in a study that found significant differences in the recovery time of hospital patients who had access to, or did not have access to, a window with a tree. Tree-view patients stayed less time, used less pain medication, and had far more positive notes from nurses. A similar study cites 95% of participants experienced positive changes in mood after being in nature.
This is an easy one for workplaces to implement. You need only encourage employees to take walking meetings in nearby parks, host events surrounded by wildlife, or make room for staff to be able to walk to and from work by accommodating varying schedules.