MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE - MINDFUL NATION UK REPORT
The Mindful UK Report, by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group, is the first report of its kind and is a full report which uses evidence from experts across several sectors, who have implemented mindfulness and directly seen beneficial results. The report highlights where policy makers should be investing resources and focussing their attention.
This is the sector where there has been the most intense interest, widespread experimentation and enthusiastic media coverage of the subject of mindfulness. High-profile global corporations such as Google have publicised their extensive commitment and promotion of it. Business leaders such as media magnate Arianna Huffington have made available the considerable resources of her media business to promote mindfulness as well as her own personal story of how it has helped her.
The Report highlights concerning statistics for our workplace environment:
...The most pressing issue is the rising toll of work-related mental ill health. Since 2009 the number of sick days lost to stress, depression and anxiety has increased by 24% and the number lost to serious mental illness has doubled. The leading cause of sickness absence in the UK is mental ill health, accounting for 70 million sick days, more than half of the 130 million total every year. Each year between 2010 and 2014, a million people took sick leave for longer than four weeks
...Mental ill health is an issue of huge significance to the long-term economic prosperity of the country as well as impacting directly on thousands of lives. There have been major reports on how to improve wellbeing at work with recommendations including fair pay, clearly de ned roles, job security and good management, but the research on effective mental health preventative interventions is at an early stage. The government’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing is a welcome initiative to drive policy forward and has rightly identified employment and learning as priorities for research. It is important that the promising evidence for Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) across a wide range of workplaces is brought within the scope of its work.