About CWME

Center for Wellness, Mindfulness and Ethics

In today's VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) office environment, stress is the biggest impediment to performance and wellbeing of office goers. Most employees are not productive or effective in their roles despite high IQs.

Origin of the Centre

  • 70% of employees are disengaged, leading to lower personal productivity and company success. (Gallup Survey, 2013)
  • Only 8% of workforce strongly agrees that they experience overall wellbeing because of their work. (Gallup Survey, 2013)
  • Employees are five times more productive when in flow, as per a McKinsey study, but in VUCA environment very few employees reach that state of flow.
  • The main business case for meditation is that if employees are fully present on the job and students in their classrooms, they will be far more productive.
  • Aetna with its Mindful at Work Program saves 5000 USD per employee per year in employee productivity and healthcare benefits.
  • WHO labels “Stress” as the health epidemic of the 21st Century.
  • Research has shown stress' impact can actually affect the genes of future generations.

Medically, there is now sufficient evidence to conclude that for prevention of heart disease and promotion of overall mind-body health, meditation deserves to be included in our modern, daily routine. Data indicates that managing stress is as important as a balanced diet and exercise as per author Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, a leading authority in mind-body medicine and cardio health.

We need to make psychological fitness just as important and relevant to solving the healthcare epidemic as physical fitness.

To combat the stress epidemic, businesses and schools alike will need to start teaching stress reduction skills such as mindfulness and meditation—skills that are proven to reduce anxiety and stress and increase focus and resiliency - Harvard Health Publications.