How to Increase Compassion at Work

A new program tries to help business leaders to identify and alleviate suffering in the workplace.

Most would agree that we need more compassion to help reduce human suffering in the world. But few prioritize building compassion in the place where we spend most of our waking time—our jobs.

Research suggests that compassionate workplaces increase employee satisfaction and loyalty.

A worker who feels cared for at work is more likely to experience positive emotion, which in turn helps to foster positive work relationships, increased cooperation, and better customer relations.

Compassion training in individuals can reduce stress, and may even impact longevity. All of these point to a need for increasing compassion’s role in business and organizational life.

By Jill Suttie