Aetna Aims to Change Workplace Culture with New Mindfulness Center

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Tanya Taupier has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of human resources and human capital. Drawing on this experience, Tanya Taupier is the vice president of human resources at the headquarters of Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut.

On June 1, 2017, Aetna opened its first ever Mindfulness Center in Hartford. The introduction of the center follows successful efforts by Aetna to lower stress levels among employees through mindfulness-based programs.

The practice of mindfulness involves maintaining a state of heightened awareness of the present moment. Grounded in neuroscientific principles, mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress levels.

At the Mindfulness Center, employees can participate in mindfulness activities three or four times a week. Not limited to personnel in Hartford, Aetna allows staff members elsewhere to access the center virtually. In the future, the company plans to add courses at the center, where it also intends to welcome outside speakers.

Aetna’s focus on mindfulness is part of the company’s goal to change workplace culture for the better. The opening of the center also highlights the company’s commitment to the health of its employees.


Positive Brain Changes from Meditation

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An executive director at Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut, Tanya Taupier has developed and implemented organizational strategies designed to enhance productivity. Aside from her work obligations, Tanya Taupier enjoys regular meditation.

A 2015 article in Forbes’ Pharma & Healthcare section reports that meditation can change the brain in several ways. Researchers have studied the topic steadily for numerous years. A study completed by investigators with UCLA revealed that individuals who had engaged in meditation throughout their lives showed better-preserved brains, compared to those who didn’t meditate as they aged.

Additionally, meditation is known to reduce stress and anxiety. Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness developed a sub-genre of meditation called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Its prime goal is to decrease stress levels. Studies have proved that Kabat-Zinn’s system does, in fact, lower stress levels, and a team at Stanford University found that mindfulness meditation helps individuals with social anxiety disorders.