For most employers, the thought of introducing yoga for their employees seem a bit of a non-starter.
Busy professionals have a lot of demands on their time and allocating time for physical activity is simply not a priority. But what if they understood the potential benefits to their work lives, home lives and physical well-being?
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. Less stressful employees will be more productive and are less likely to need time off through illness. Less stressful employees are likely to have happier home lives and more fulfilled work lives. In turn, this will lead to increased well-being and happiness, therefore countering the mental effects of stress.
According to figures in the Health and Safety Executive Annual Statistics Report for Great Britain, 2012/13, 22.7 million working days were lost due to work-related ill health during the period. Mental ill health is the single highest cause of working days lost within this figure.
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.
By introducing a corporate yoga class, the caring employer takes care of it’s employees whilst also reducing lost productivity and working days due to illness. Employees are more productive, less stressed and therefore more focused, with higher energy levels and more alert, therefore more efficient in achieving their objectives.
Cathy Richardson is a qualified yoga teacher, public speaker and performance coach. Through consultation, corporate clients get bespoke yoga programs designed 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 centers and team building events.
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