Safe & Sound

MINDFULNESS: BEING PRESENT IMPACTS HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE U

A recent uptick in on the job injuries prompts EHS to recommend a thoughtful approach to safety at work.

Research results reported in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the Psychological Bulletin show that “poor attention control” has been tied to depression, social anxiety, decreased IQ and a significant drop in productivity. Multitasking also can be downright dangerous (e.g., texting while driving).

The opposite of multitasking is being mindful to, or focusing on, what you are doing without switching often between tasks. When you’re mindful, you get more done, feel more relaxed and are significantly less likely to experience an on the job injury than if you multitask.

Here’s a simple way to practice mindfulness and improve your ability to focus: Pick an activity you do every day and start paying closer attention to it. That’s all it takes to get started.