As I write this, it’s Election Day in the US, one unlike any other I’ve lived through. Here in New York City, some friends are looking to escape to a safer place, wherever that might be. One is talking about boarding up his business in anticipation of protests or riots or worse. People in other countries are telling me, “We’re watching to see what happens.”
It’s as if we’re all trapped in a snow globe, waiting for things to settle down so we can see clearly. Except things don’t settle down. The snow globe keeps shaking, and the change and uncertainty and stress don’t go away.
How will you manage?
A new approach to well-being
More and more companies recognize the need to do something extra to help employees. Even before the pandemic, a research brief by the RAND Corporation found that “69 percent of employers with more than 50 employees offered a wellness program, and 80 percent of the larger ones (more than 1,000 employees).”
Later this week, I’ll kick off a WOL Mindfulness program for a new corporate customer, with more programs planned all throughout next year.
WOL Mindfulness is an 8-week peer coaching program that cultivates skills we need now more than ever: how to better relate to ourselves and each other, how to be more resilient in the face of change, how to be calmer and happier.
Why would a company spend time and money on this? Because it’s a good investment. Last year, the American Psychological Association estimated that workplace stress “costs U.S. industry more than $300 billion a year in absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal and insurance costs.” And that number is surely going up.
But WOL Mindfulness isn’t just for big companies to invest in their employees. You can choose to invest in yourself, too.
“A maximum outcome with a minimum investment of time”
The WOL Mindfulness program that’s offered to companies is also available in the new WOL Membership Network. The program is designed to help you deal with the shaking snow globe. As part of your annual membership, you get coaching and support all along the way, enabling you and your Circle to practice well-researched methods that yield tremendous benefits. (Your membership entitles you to participate in as many as three Mindfulness Circles or WOL Circles.)
For example, Melanie used WOL Mindfulness “to reduce stress and to realize how much good is happening in my life.” Her new habits, she said, “have become an integral part of my everyday life.” Maria, just today, shared the impact of her first WOL Circle: “I now feel empowered, optimistic and better connected.”
Maybe you’re seeking these kinds of benefits for yourself, or want to help a friend. Or maybe you’re looking for ways to help your organization and colleagues.
In a sense, every day is Election Day. More uncertainty. More change. Yet waiting and hoping for a better tomorrow is a poor strategy. You deserve to take more control of your own future, to be less stressed, to be happier.
We form the first WOL Mindfulness Circles in January. You can sign up now.