TM For Work

Research on American businesses where employees have been taught Transcendental Meditation found that they had significantly:

  • Less anxiety, job tension, insomnia, and fatigue
  • Reduced cigarette and hard liquor use
  • Improved health and fewer health complaints
  • Enhanced effectiveness, job satisfaction, and work/personal relationships

“The key to success in today’s world is innovation, creativity – beyond anything else. If you create products and services that are clearly better than what your competitors produce, you’re going to succeed in today’s world.

“Having the ability to enhance one’s own creativity as well as that of one’s employees seems to me to be the ultimate responsibility of a manager within a company. And the Transcendental Meditation program allows that creativity enhancement to take place beyond anything I’ve ever seen.”

Burton A. Dole Jr., Former Chairman and CEO, Puritan-Bennett Corp. Leading manufacturer of respiratory products.

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Increased Productivity

In this study subjects practicing the Transcendental Meditation programme showed significant improvements at work, compared with members of a control group.

Job performance and job satisfaction increased while desire to change jobs decreased. People at every level of the organisation benefited from practicing the Transcendental Meditation programme.

*Reference: Transcendental Meditation and productivity, Academy of Management Journal 17 (2): 362­368, 1974.

Improved Relations at Work

This study found significant improvements in relations with supervisors and co-workers after an average of 11 months practicing Transcendental Meditation, in comparison to control subjects.

And while Transcendental Meditation practitioners reported that they felt less anxiety about promotion (shown by reduced climb orientation), their fellow employees saw them as moving ahead quickly. People at every level of the organisation benefited from practicing the Transcendental Meditation programme.

*Reference: Transcendental Meditation and productivity, Academy of Management Journal 17 (2): 362­368, 1974.

Workplace Studies

Read some of our case studies for more information.
Case Study: Large Company

After implementation of the TM programme at Sumitomo Heavy Industries, a high technology company with about 8000 employees, research on the project was carried out by the National Institute of Industrial Health of the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Labour.

The study evaluated 447 participating managers and employees in comparison to 321 controls at the same company.

Participants showed substantial improvements in physical and mental health, including significant reductions in anxiety, insomnia, depression, emotional instability, physical complaints and digestive problems.

Improved Physical and Mental Health

Case Study: Medium Company

Managers and employees in a large Midwestern manufacturing plant of the Fortune 100 company, as well as those in a Pennsylvania distribution company, learned Transcendental Meditation (company names withheld in accord with corporate policies).

After 3 months the employees who learned TM were compared with a control group of non-meditating employees who worked at similar job sites, held similar job positions, had similar demographics (age, education etc) and similar personality characteristic before the study began.

The results of the study were published in the international scientific journal Anxiety, Stress and Coping (6,245-262,1993). Researchers reported that, compared to controls, the group that learned Transcendental Meditation had significantly:

  • Less anxiety, job tension, insomnia and fatigue
  • Reduced cigarette and hard liquor use
  • Improved health and fewer health complaints
  • Enhanced effectiveness, job satisfaction, and work/personal relationships

Improved Health and More Positive Health Habits

*Reference: Anxiety, Stress & Coping 6: 245-262, 1993. As found in other studies, the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation in reducing anxiety, smoking and drinking, and in promoting personal development was substantially greater than other forms of meditation or relaxation.

Case Study: Small Company

“Over a six year period Transcendental Meditation was introduced to over 70% of our managers and employees, and they were encouraged to meditate on company time at the plant.

“As a result, productivity, sales, and profitability all improved dramatically, the creativity of our research department went up, and absenteeism dropped sharply, as did sick days and injuries. TM paid for itself in two months on the basis of reduced absenteeism alone. TM has been my best business decision.”

R.W. Montgomery Jr., former CEO, H.A. Montgomery Co.

Increased Productivity and Profits

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