The effects of meditation on the performance and well-being of a company: A pilot study.

Author: Pagliaro G1, Pelati R2, Signorini D2, Parenti G3, Roversi F3
1Bellaria Hospital, Bologna AUSL, Via Altura 3, Bologna 40139, Italy. Electronic address:
2Turbocoating Spa, Via Mistrali 7, Rubbiano di Solignano (PR), Parma 43040, Italy.
3Bellaria Hospital, Bologna AUSL, Via Altura 3, Bologna 40139, Italy.
Conference/Journal: Explore (NY).
Date published: 2019 Aug 7
Other: Pages: S1550-8307(19)30442-2 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2019.07.014. [Epub ahead of print] , Word Count: 260

The positive effects of meditation on individual well-being have been extensively investigated in the last few decades. The impact that meditation can have on the surrounding environment, including on the well-being of nearby non-meditators, has been mainly studied in regards to Transcendental Meditation and, more recently, through the purported phenomenon of "distant healing". The aim of the present study was to observe how a corporate environment would be affected when a small percentage of their employees meditated together. In an Italian surface coating company of 229 employees, 12 workers (5%) were trained in a Tibetan Meditation technique, which they practiced together daily for a period of 3 months. The effects of meditation were measured both in terms of company performance and in well-being of the non-meditators, the latter by using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and Short Form 36 (SF36) questionnaires. In terms of company performance indexes, the experimental trimester compared to the previous trimester showed improvements in the quality of production (+6.6%), nonconformity of critical products to standards due to human factors (i.e. mistakes) (-42.6%), and in quarterly productivity (+10.5%). Comparing pre to post meditation periods, psychological well-being measures for non-meditators (N = 217) showed significant improvement in the SF36 sub-scales of social activities (t = -2.76, p < 0.05) and limitations in emotional roles (t = -2.44, p < 0.05), and they showed modest decreases for the POMS subscales of depression (t = 1.92, p = 0.06) and hostility (t = 1.88, p = 0.06). These results are in alignment with the hypothesis that meditation beneficially influences aspects of the local environment, warranting further investigation of this phenomenon.

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PMID: 31492551 DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2019.07.014