Yoga in the Workplace
The aftermath several years being spent on the discussion of healthcare requirements of employees leaves us with the question of, "what is the best way to make the most of the money spent on coverage plans?" Many companies have adopted wellness programs that have creative methods for illness, injury treatment, and prevention. “A study released in April by ADP, Inc., a provider of human resource management, payroll, and benefit administration services, reported that 79 percent of large and 44 percent of midsized companies offer wellness programs.” These programs offer things that are unique to the atmosphere of the company itself. Evaluations obtain proof of the employees interest in the program as well as what would help them most. The interests can be non-smoking incentives, weight-loss support, stress management, nutritional informational sessions, and yoga or meditation classes. Besides the political influence on the company’s regulations of healthcare, why else do we look to other proactive approaches to caring for America’s employees? “The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that U.S. employers lose $70 billion a year due to absenteeism, lost productivity and disability caused by mental distress”. These are significant numbers when looking at profits of sales and its relation to expenditures. Are these wellness programs really the answer?
Many corporations have turned to yoga as a solution to stress related issues. Some are physical consequences such as elevated blood pressure, immune dysfunction, digestion
Make special not of productivity trends at work. This could be sale numbers, attendance percentages, patterns of disruptive behavior reports or all of these. File them away to be review the same time next month.
Ask the employees if they would be interested in attending a yoga class with their coworkers.
Some studios have discounted group rates. Companies can cover these costs by including it in the monthly budget or paying the discounted rate for the employees and deducting their portion from their paychecks.
Report comparison of sales, attendance and behavior.
This last step is critical to the progression and the expansion of wellness programs in the businesses we rely on as either employees or consumers of their products. When we can bring in firm, positive and self sustaining roots in the way we conduct in our personal and professional relationships, we can improve the systems in which we are included.
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