Two hundred feet above lower Manhattan in an airy modern conference room, some 20 employees are sitting elbow to elbow as they participate in a meditation session. Breathing in, then out, they heed the guidance of their instructor, who tells them to count to five silently — and to start over every time their attention wavers. “Notice where your mind wanders to,” she implores. “Let go of the day’s stresses.”
The course grew out of the company’s Resiliency Week, a wellness initiative on stress management, happiness, and work-life balance over five days. It’s one of a number of unconventional perks at this plush workplace. Others include a tai chi club, five-times-a-week Pilates, bubble tea in the café, a champion dragon-boating team, lectures from visitors such as Derek Jeter, and an all-night scavenger hunt for charity.