Employees are not machines. (Thank goodness.) Employees are emotional, spiritual beings whose connection to purpose and joy fuel their hustle day in and day out. (Or not.)
Lindsey Adelman, of NYC-based Lindsey Adelman Studio, realized this essential idea in the structuring of her company, where quality of life is a top priority. After taking the risk of stepping out alone in an industry traditionally ruled by men, she has gained notoriety as one of America's most influential and innovative tastemakers. Ditching non-compete contracts in favor of daily meditation breaks, evening group excursions and annual personal retreats, she's redefining the concept of work-life balance.
You offer 20-minute meditation breaks at noon every day. Why?
Adelman: When people meditate, problems don't become personal, and you can zoom out and remain pretty calm in the face of anything. What we do for a living, while it's not open-heart surgery, it’s still extremely demanding. Our clients expect everything to be perfect — when they open the crate, they want it to be more amazing than expected. We feel pressure as a group, and all that is a lot easier when people cultivate a calm state of mind.
Collections from Lindsey Adelman Studios are instantly recognizable for their shape-shifting forms and ingenious use of raw materials. Leading a creative operation that consistently releases breathtaking new forms means recognizing her artists are not machines, but beings of great depths to be nurtured. Daily meditation practice is shown to improve the ability to control our internal stress response, emotional response, and how quickly we bounce back from stressful events. These self-regulating traits allow the experience of deeper, more creative states.
Adelman says she wants the people she works with to feel that their lifestyle is sustainable, and that they have the freedom to exercise their own talents. Leading a group of over 40 creative professionals, there is an immense amount of energy to reign in. Since implementing daily 20-minute meditation, Adelman describes a culture any employer would envy, "Obstacles aren't really a topic anymore. People are about getting to the solution."