Employee wellness programs are on the rise; in fact, these days 70% of employers offer them in some form. They range from subsidizing fitness memberships, to offering smoking cessation programs, to providing healthy lunches and snacks. And they’re on the rise for good reason: employee wellness programs have been shown to increase employee happiness and retention, as well as overall workplace performance.
In recent years, a new and exciting trend has emerged of integrating yoga into these programs. Because of its medical and psychological benefits, those who practice see mental and emotional benefits that positively affect them, both personally and professionally.
Here are just a few of the many reasons why corporations should consider incorporating yoga and meditation into their corporate wellness programs:
It reduces stress
Situational stress and anxiety are fairly common in the workplace. In fact, studies have shown that it is the primary source of stress for American adults. Luckily, other studies have proven that practicing yoga lowers stress and anxiety by decreasing signs of psychological arousal. By integrating yoga into their employee wellness programs, employers can help prevent and decrease stress among their employees.
It increases productivity
Along with decreasing stress, yoga also increases productivity. Yoga and meditation help improve focus and concentration, and curb fatigue by increasing blood flow. Stimulated and focused employees are more likely to be productive in the workplace.
It lowers the cost of employee health care
If these reasons aren’t enough to convince an employer to integrate yoga into their corporate wellness programs, here’s one that clearly affects the bottom line: yoga can decrease health care costs. According to our Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Marlynn Wei, stress-related health problems are responsible for up to 80% of doctors’ visits. Because yoga lowers stress (and improves heart health!), integrating it into employee wellness programs can lead to a decrease in employee health care costs.
Just by offering lunchtime yoga classes or subsidizing practice outside the office, employers could cultivate low-stress, productive workplaces, and save money at the same time!
Given the positive impact of integrating yoga into the workplace, we’re very excited to announce that we’ve recently launched our first corporate wellness partnership! We’ve partnered with international textile company, Kaltex, to offer its employees access to meditation and yoga. We’re excited to be a part of such a positive change for a company that cares about employee wellness.
If your company or organization is interested in following suit, we'd love to connect! We offer a variety of packages based on your company’s size and budget, so we can work together to improve employee wellness in your office. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out to us here.
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