It’s really astonishing how the practice of meditation that originated from the Indian subcontinent from around 1500 BCE, the written evidence of which is easily available in Vedas (large body of religious texts originating in ancient India) as per Wikipedia has become an essential part of the corporate work culture of the digital age.
Apart from offering best medical care, enthusiastic work culture, annual offsite and bonuses, corporates are heavily promoting the practice of mindfulness amongst their employee across all levels by incorporating “Meditation Space” in their office space.
Having to work in a corporate that offers a beautiful meditation space apart from regular job perks, adds cherry on the cake.
Your office is one place where you actually spend a major part of your lifetime and knowing it’s a mindful space to be in, it only adds up to your Ikigai.
Here’s a bunch of companies that promote meditation amongst their work culture –
Apart from Steve Job’s ability to create innovative, ground-breaking products and making Apple’s largest American multinational technology company in the USA, he was a pioneer in “mind technology” – i.e. the use of Zen mindfulness meditation to gain better mental clarity, reduce stress and enhances his creativity levels.
Jobs often took time out for meditation retreats and maintained lifelong friendships with many monks.
Apple’s meditation space reflects how Jobs wanted to pass on his love for meditation to others in the workplace, allowing employees of the tech giant to embrace mindfulness at the workplace.
“Imagine a world where most organizations were the best place to work. Imagine what we could be getting done on the planet if it were true.” Karen May, VP of people development, Google
Google has been known for bringing out the best in its employees.
They truly weave a culture of connectivity, freedom and empowerment throughout their organisation – from interns to top leaders.
Google offers meditation space and meditation courses, believing that the regular practice of meditation helps employees in taking care of their mental health and well-being along with the company’s growth as well.
Google is currently working on a project called Office of Things that will help promote wellness in the post-Covid-19 workplace.
Nike’s meditation rooms around the office campus invite employees to reduce stress, relax and re-group.
Nike employees have shared their experience of how the company pays for a yearly subscription for the Headspace mobile app for its full-time employees.
In addition to this, Nike employs mindfulness and meditation coach for conducting workshops at workplace for its employees.
4. Deutsche Bank
Deutsche bank is a German multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany.
Being one of the largest global banks, the everyday work pressure in the organisation is tremendous.
The multinational bank too seems to be following the meditation-in-the-workplace trend.
The bank has been offering meditation classes and quiet spaces for several years now, in the hope that it shall reduce work stress amongst the employees and inculcates level-headed thinking in the organisational culture.
While regular viewership of HBO programs might turn us into couch potatoes, it does not promote the same attitude amongst its employees.
Instead, it offers a wealth of resources like free gyms, yoga classes and meditation classes to its employees helping them to take care of their physical as well as mental well-being.
What steps is your organisation taking to promote mindfulness in your life whether in office or work from home? We’d love to hear your side of the story on this topic, so leave your comment below!