Zen and the art of increasing productivity


With absenteeism costing Britain £12.2 billion a year, firms are coming up with ever more creative ways to reduce stress, improve morale and increase productivity, writes Nicole Martin in the Daily Telegraph.

Paintballing is passe, white-water rafting is washed out and bonding exercises in the Lake District are now over the hill: the latest technique to motivate staff involves lessons on the meaning of life and unblocking a toilet.

Companies are offering lunch-time courses on "pre-natal preparation" for expectant parents, "man's interaction with the planet" for amateur astronomers and "the universal truths about life" for white-collar existentialists.

Daily Telegraph | Firms offer staff lessons on the meaning of life