With Depression the leading cause of disability worldwide and as of 2010 the global cost of mental illness estimated at $2.5 trillion per year by the National Institute of Health, it is no wonder that workplace mental health is on many peoples minds. The Conference Board of Canada estimates that depression costs the Canadian economy at least $32.3 billion annually, while anxiety costs another $17.3 billion a year.
Why would mindfulness training be even considered in the workplace? Aren't there more relevant initiatives organizations should focus on? With $93.6 billion being spent in 2017 in the US alone on talent development initiatives such as process-based improvements, strategic planning and change management, mindfulness can seem like a "nice-to-have" and not an essential component of corporate culture. When we look at the research and the reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.