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How To Reduce Your Employee Sick Days

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Did you know that mindfulness and coaching both use attentional focus techniques for mental well being? Are you a Leader who wants to reduce your staff sick days? Read more here!

A study looking at the occurrence of acute respiratory infection (ARI) split the participants into 3 groups:

  1. Exercised for 8 weeks

  2. Practiced mindfulness for 8 weeks

  3. Did neither

The results? Of the 149 people who completed the trial There were

  • 27 ARI episodes and 257 days of ARI illness in the mindfulness group,

  • 26 episodes and 241 illness days in the exercise group

  • 40 episodes and 453 days in the control group.

Mean global severity was

  • 144 for mindfulness

  • 248 for exercise

  • 358 for control.

Compared with control, global severity was significantly lower for meditation. Relating to work:

  • 67 ARI related days off work missed in the control group,

  • 32 in the exercise group

  • 16 in the mindfulness group

The conclusion being that mindfulness can be as effective as exercise.

There are more and more companies offering mindfulness based practices and mindfulness based coaching. Are you one of them? To talk about how you can build a healthier team message us HERE

Caroline Langston is the Founder of Successful Consultants Ltd, an executive, personal and career development coaching company in Hong Kong, with her partner Patrick Bennett founding the practice in New York. She is also the Founder of a nonprofit providing free information and coaching to people who are unemployed. Caroline is dedicated to coaching people for success and happiness in their careers and lives. She is a Certified Professional Coach at International Coaching Federation standards. Certified Team Coach and is also degree qualified with further certifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming at Master Practitioner and Coach level.

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