The concept of mindfulness may be new to many in the benefits business, but it’s actually been going on since the late 1970s — a practice of taming and training the mind to stay in the present moment rather than fixating on the past or future. It’s now making its way into the workplace, thanks largely in part to Janice Marturano, who left her 15-year tenure as vice president of public responsibility and deputy general counsel for General Mills, Inc. to begin the Institute for Mindful Leadership. Since 2008, she gives seminars to clients’ executives and general employees for companies all across the globe, even recently traveling to Davos, Switzerland, to lead a session at the World Economic Forum.

EBA spoke with Marturano to find out how the benefits community might bring this concept into the world of wellness.

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