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Mindfulness in Tech Companies – Are Companies trying to profit from our “zen”?

29 Sep , 2014  | by:

So apparently, companies like Google are hosting events for their employees to help them become more mindful.Sounds fair enough and like a good idea to get the work-life-balance back intact because as chief people officer for Zynga quite rightly stated:

There has been a convergence of work and personal life. People are never really off so we have to address the whole person. And if we can help people, it helps employee retention. Anything that helps people personally has benefits that apply to the whole company.

The yearly Wisdom 2.0 event was held in California and over 2,000 people attended that workshop – I guess hoping for some mindful time without technology. And now, tech companies all over the world are starting to host smaller events for their employees in-house. I quite agree with the fact that, nowadays with our smartphones and what-nots all of us carry around our work with us all the time, and that can be stressful a lot of the time. The only thing I’m not quite sure about is how effective it is to find down-time at the company you are working for. The Guardian even says that Wisdom 2.0 “[…] is currently vying to overtake yoga as the must-do metropolitan leisure activity but it’s also had proven clinical results – to reduce stress, aid sleep, and improve both physical and mental well-being.” Sounds awesome!

I can’t wait to see the newest apps that’ll follow-up on this and try to teach me how to be less stressed and more mindful during work – hah. Get the full low-down on Google Ireland’s Wisdom 2.0 here.


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