CASE STUDYCreating Resilience at a Molecular Level
A busy creative agency wanted to help its leaders stay on top of their game in the face of a high-stress environment—e.g. over-scheduling, not enough sleep, and an ‘always-on’ communications cycle.
Wisdom Labs delivered a 12-week onsite Learning Lab. In collaboration with Dr. Steve Cole, the effectiveness of the mindfulness program was tracked with self-reported measures and an analysis of biomarkers.
Over the course of 12 weeks, researchers found a meaningful change in physiological results—there was a statistically significant decrease in the expression of inflammatory genes, and a greater expression of genes boosting immunity.
Additionally, there were improvements in:
A statistically significant improvement in flourishing as measured by the Mental Health Continuum Short Form.
Increased social connectedness as tracked by the UCLA Loneliness measure.
An upward trend in ability to stay present as measured by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire.
To learn more about this study, read this article from Mindful Magazine:
CASE STUDYIncrease Employee Resilience and Wellbeing
Inspired by initial positive employee experiences, this technology company leader wanted to institutionalize wellness—through stress reduction and resilience building—as part of the organization’s culture and day-to-day operations.
Wisdom Labs engaged with the organization by offering an 8-week Learning Lab webinar series, supported by a learning app to help integrate new mindfulness and resilience practices into daily behavior.
Over the course of 8 weeks, participants reported a 17% increase in mindfulness as measured by the Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale and an 18% increase in resilience as measured by the Bruce Smith scale measuring ability to bounce back. Both results were statistically significant.
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“I appreciated the reinforcement, the way the information was delivered, and the gentle way I was forced to focus on the training.”
“I have noticed a significant difference in my interactions with not only my colleagues, but also my family and myself. I am finding so many opportunities to be more compassionate, mindful and more centered. I really underestimated how much this course would help me. I feel this should be a requirement at work to receive the fitness/wellness credit. Thank you so much for offering this course!”
“One of the top training programs I have ever taken!”
Dive deeper into this topic, with our co-founder’s article in the Harvard Business Review:
CASE STUDYHelp Employees Navigate Change
After initial breakout success, this hardware startup experienced a series of new product failures. In the wake of layoffs and losses, the learning and development team sought to re-engage and re-energize the workforce, building resilience in a cost-effective way.
Wisdom Labs led 2 different Learning Labs, one on Mindfulness and the other about Compassion, to teach the science behind stress and resilience—embedding practices that supported mindful leadership, better teaming, and employee engagement.
Over the course of 5 weeks, participants reported the following (all results statistically significant):
A 14% increase in mindfulness as measured by the Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale; and an 12% increase in resilience as measured by the Bruce Smith scale measuring ability to bounce back.
A 19% increase in resilience as measured by the Bruce Smith scale measuring ability to bounce back. An 10% increase in the Compassionate Engagement and Action Scale (for Others).
“The mindfulness and compassion courses Wisdom Labs brought to [company] have helped set the tone for a new way of being. I’ve started to see the language of mindfulness making its way into our culture – some leaders incorporate mindful moments into their business meetings, other employees lead grassroots meditation groups, and in general, more of our team seems to appreciate the importance of being present and enhancing personal resilience.”
Find out other ways you can help your team manage stress with this Wisdom Labs article from the Harvard Business Review:
CASE STUDYHelping a Major Technology Leader Activate Core Values at a Global Scale
A major technology client wanted to create a day highlighting the practice of mindfulness and the role it can play in behavior change.
Wisdom Labs worked with the client to secure a well-known habit specialist to give a keynote that was simulcast to 17 locations.
Additionally, Wisdom Labs faculty led multiple session on managing stress and building resilience at seventeen locations worldwide, engaging over 500 employees, in-person, on a single day.
“After that practice (EQ), I was able to get some perspective and distance around a situation I have…it isn’t as big of a problem as I thought. This stuff really works!”
“The sessions were great. People were very enthusiastic. It was clear they were experiencing something new, and there was lot of sharing at the end.”