Coronavirus has changed the way we work…
and it’s not good for our mental health
The Well Worker Project
A special new workplace well-being program,
delivered remotely via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Facebook,
supported by a consolidated email campaign,
offering the following robust weekly program:
- Daily small doses of mindfulness delivered be email to employees inboxes
- A weekly live mindful meditation to calm the mind and support overall well-being
- A weekly live breathing practice to facilitate wellness and cardio-pulmonary resilience, manage energy levels and deal with stress, anxiety and worry
- A weekly active yoga class to move the body, deal with physical stress symptoms and promote overall health, mental and emotional wellness and release feel-good hormones
- A weekly restorative yoga class to promote rest, relaxation, better sleep and immunity
- 24/7 access to all content for employees to access as and when it’s needed, allowing flexibility for work and personal demands
- A weekly wellness feedback program for all participants, including NPS (Nett Promoter Score) data, a holistic check to flag up at-risk participants, and control quality
Please contact Cathy Richardson here for further information about how this standard package can be modified to suit particular organisational needs.
Who is Cathy Richardson?
Cathy is a fully qualified yoga teacher and yoga therapist, a cognitive behavioural master performance coach, and HR Consultant with 30+ years of experience in corporate working environments. See her LinkedIn profile here.
Through consultation, corporate clients get bespoke yoga programs designed by Cathy to suit their strategic objectives. The programs also deliver on the individual well-being needs of individual employees, so creating a positive win-win scenario for all involved. Cathy also conducts stress management workshops, assessment centres and team building events.
Cathy is the founder of Diversity Yoga. She is very open about her own struggles with mental health after redundancy in the 2009 recession, resulting in divorce and social isolation. She also talks a lot about her journey to wellness through yoga.
Why this program, now?
Busy professionals have a lot of demands on their time and allocating time for physical activity and self-care is simply not a priority. That is when business is normal.
But suddenly – it all changed!
Furlough. Remote working. Home schooling. Zoom calling. Physical distancing. Social isolation. Lack of income. Loss of business. Loss of structure and connection.
Lockdown, it’s called – quarantine. And it’s going to carry on for most of 2020, in varying degrees, until humankind has got to grips with the reality of COVID-19.
Stress in the workplace today is a major consideration for employers. Anything that can alleviate this is a potential benefit to both employers and the employees, as we all try to make sense of this horror that did not exist when we planned for 2020 to be year of balance and success.
This is why Cathy have launched the emergency Workplace Wellness Program for business. The aim is to pull remote teams together, and give employees (Furloughed, isolating or working from home) a means to reconnect with each other and also, with themselves, in a safe and kind place. It is delivered in a virtual environment, to rest and make space. The overall goal is to deal with the inevitable mental, physical and emotional challenges of a situation over which we have very little control.
There is a wealth of research material available about the positive effects of a regular yoga practice on both the physical and mental well-being of the practitioner. Employers that actively encourage staff to practice yoga, either by establishing classes, or even allotting time in the work day for it, immediately experience the benefits brought by the mindful, breathing-centered practice.
We all know that sitting is the new smoking. Being desk-bound for 8 hours per day leads to digestive problems, lower back and hip issues, impinged shoulders and aching necks, breathing difficulties and asthma. The less we move, the more unwell we become.
Add to that the artificial home-working remote scenario, the stress of enforced isolation, the difficulties of financial worry and responsibilities weighing heavier than ever …. There has never been so large a need for yoga, with it’s restorative and calming qualities. Much is written about the value of yoga to stave off the mental health epidemic that is expected follow COVID-19.
By introducing a corporate yoga class, the caring employer takes care of it’s employees whilst also reducing the significant risk to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health until we get to the end of the Coronavirus pandemic.