Will the TM program become a benefit businesses offer? For some companies it already has.

by Mario Orsatti on December 9, 2010

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The December 7th Huffington Post article, “Meditation: The New Corporate Benefit that Pays Huge Dividends” talks about the benefits a Washington, DC consulting firm found from making the Transcendental Meditation technique part of its benefit package.

Executive Management Associates CEO, Nancy Slomowitz implemented the new benefit for her employees because she felt rising stress had been exacting a heavy toll on the quality of life in the workplace. The resulting change in her business has been so pronounced that she decided to document it on film. It’s entitled: The Meditation Makeover: Beads and Incense Not Required.

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The film is a portrait of Slomowitz and her employees— highly driven Type A personalities who seem to be unlikely candidates for meditation.

Huffington Post writer Joel Brokaw reports that the employees twice daily, twenty-minute TM practice soon produced tangible results, both in their professional and personal lives. The workplace environment soon grew from toxic to harmonious among many other positive changes.

business-person“People noticed how their energy was renewed from their daily practice,” explains Nancy. “They had a greater capacity to handle more things and multitask. Their prior inability to deal with the stress had resulted in co-workers getting too emotional and snapping at each other. Turnover became a problem and our reputation began to suffer. Now, everyone gets along well, employee retention and satisfaction improved drastically, and our clients and associates look at us and can tell that we are a team.”

The American Institute of Stress estimates that each year in the United States, $300 billion (or $7,500 per employee) is spent on stress-related compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct medical expenses and employee turnover.

The British government’s Health and Safety Commission calculates that in England work-related stress is the biggest occupational cause of working days lost through injury or ill-health. With an average of 29 days lost per case, just this one negative effect of stress in the workplace is estimated to cost Britain almost 4 billion pounds sterling per year.

Rick Gault, Executive Management Associates’ executive vice president summed it up by saying, “There’s an alarming growth rate of stress in business today. Business people desperately need a way to avoid having stress impede their effectiveness. I think that people increasingly need a tool like TM to keep their business going and growing. It’s a matter of survival.”

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  • Evolving Entirety

    Transcendental Meditation has for over the last five decades been the most widely practiced and extensively researched Programme for Human Resource Development.

    Stress management, increased job satisfaction, more harmonious relations with co-workers, reduced anxiety, increased performance, higher efficiency and effectiveness, better health and well-being are only very few of the immense benefits of Transcendental Meditation which have been documented over these years, in 7 Volumes of Research conducted at more than 250 Universities and Research Institutes in 33 countries. These studies have been published in over 100 leading scientific journals worldwide.

    These Research Papers objectively document these benefits not only in the field of Management but in every area of life including Health, Education and Administration among many others.

    “The measure of the growth of spirituality is not an increase in the sense of detachment or renunciation, or less involvement in the world or less interest in the world. The criterion of the growth of spirituality is how much I have grown in peace, in power, in wisdom, in creativity, in happiness; how much I have increased in creativity, in wisdom, in happiness. These are the criteria of real growth of spirituality. . . ”

    – Maharishi

  • http://None Krishna K Channan

    Sir,
    I have been meditating since 1976 and I am siddha since 1986. TM and Sidda instruction helped me: running my law practice without hyper tension and aggressiveness; I won court cases;I prospered in my law practice; I worked 365 days 12 hours every day from 1976 to 2003 when I retired; I had 2 heart operation in the last one I got the scar tissues in my lungs like President Clinton and had two lung operations due to surgeon’s negligence; I got knowledge on Yoga and Vedas from Your American and other white teachers. Due to a lot of crookedness I would not take instruction from Indians as they cannot be trusted. I was sorry to learn that Dr Chopra is using Maharishi’s knowledge to further his business enterprise. I passed my LLM degree of London University in two months study and the final year of LLB degree of Alberta Bar. I am former Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn,retired Solicitor of England, New York Attorney and Counselor at law, retired Barrister of Ontario and Alberta Bar. I would say to people to take TM course where are they are living and not run to India to waste their money on gurus etc. I ran for member of Ontario Legislature in 1976 and kept my law practice running just about when I started TM.

    Krishna Kumar Channan.

    • C. Fowler

      Not a very charitable thing to say to generalize about an entire ethnic group “indians” and say they can’t be trusted? There are good and bad in every culture. We’ve certainly seen many lawyers with less than stellar morals.

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