Book of the Month: Mindful Work

New York Times reporter David Gelles reveals what business leaders around the country are already discovering: meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace.

One of the most surprising and promising trends in business today is the rise of mindfulness in the workplace. At first, the notion of yoga and meditation in the office seems like the province of Silicon Valley startups where employees bring their dogs to work and play football in the lobby. But in recent years, mindfulness has gone mainstream.

Many of America’s largest companies, such as General Mills, Target and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. This is because—as employees and employers are discovering, and psychologists and cognitive scientists have confirmed—mindfulness has tangible benefits. For workers, meditation lowers stress, increases mental focus and alleviates depression. For companies, a more mindful workforce is more productive.

Featuring insights from revitalised employees, high-level managers and meditation masters, Mindful Work is an inspirational guide to the upsurge in mindfulness. Blending timeless insights and modern-day management theory, Gelles explains the practical benefits of the mindfulness boom, and offers a program for changing the way we work – a change that will make us less stressed, more focused and happier.

Gelles’s revelatory book picks up where bestsellers like Thrive and 10% Happier leave off, by detailing the profound impact mindfulness can have on the world of work, and by showing readers how to become more mindful themselves.