Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on 4C’s-Communication, Commerce, Connectivity, Culture, SIMSARC 2018, 17-19 December 2018, Pune, MH, India

Research Article

Effectiveness of Vipassana Meditation on Communication Skills of Employees

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.18-12-2018.2283812,
        author={Pradhan  Seema and V. V  Ajith Kumar},
        title={Effectiveness of Vipassana Meditation on Communication Skills of Employees},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on 4C’s-Communication, Commerce, Connectivity, Culture, SIMSARC 2018, 17-19 December 2018, Pune, MH, India},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={SIMSARC},
        year={2019},
        month={9},
        keywords={communication ability empathy employees equanimity vipassana meditation},
        doi={10.4108/eai.18-12-2018.2283812}
    }
    
  • Pradhan Seema
    V. V Ajith Kumar
    Year: 2019
    Effectiveness of Vipassana Meditation on Communication Skills of Employees
    SIMSARC
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.18-12-2018.2283812
Pradhan Seema1,*, V. V Ajith Kumar2
  • 1: Consultant Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, India
  • 2: Associate Professor, Skyline University College, University City of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
*Contact email: smprdhn@gmail.com

Abstract

Vipassana meditation (VM) is an ancient Indian meditation technique. Literature review indicates that by practicing VM regularly the meditator develops empathy, equanimity and interpersonal skills leading to better communication ability. A quantitative study was conducted on meditator and non-meditator employees comprising of 240 participants each by using a developed Behaviour Measure Scale (BMS) to measure the above mentioned variables. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS Ver. 20.0. The results showed that meditator group respondents scored statistically higher than non-meditators on empathy, equanimity and interpersonal skills. In addition to the quantitative study, a qualitative study was conducted by interviewing 10 meditator employees. The participants reported enhancement in their communication skills after practicing VM leading to better relationships at work as well as at home. This quantitative and qualitative study showed that practicing VM enhances empathy, equanimity, and interpersonal skills paving the way for better communication ability. This helps the practitioner have harmonious and effective communication at work and in his/her life eeds to summarize the content of the paper.