Yoga in the workplace…
Yoga. It is everywhere, and no doubt you’ve heard about it in several contexts, including the corporate domain. Is it time to explore this for YOUR domain?
Facts and figures:
- A June 9, 2010 Gallup article defined “5 Essential Elements of Well Being” (Career, Social, Financial, Physical and Community), each of which yoga and meditative practices can improve and support. The study prompting the article found that workers with the lowest wellbeing scores cost their companies $28,800 per year, while those with the highest scores only cost $840.
- Job stress costs U.S. companies about $300 billion annually through absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee turnover and direct medical, legal and insurance fees. (The American Institute for Stress)
- Companies spend $14,000 per employee per year on medically related productivity losses. (Dr. Ronald Lopped, chief health officer for CorSolutions Inc)
- A survey by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health showed that:
- 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful.
- 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.
- Three fourths of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago.
- 29% of workers felt quite a bit or extremely stressed at work.
- 26 percent of workers said they were “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work.”
- Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.
Corporate Yoga can:
- Reduces stress, the source of rampant physical and mental malady.
- Heighten employee’s ability to deal with demanding situations and make objective decisions.
- Promote the mental and physical health and vitality of a regular practitioner (less sick days!)
- Encourage balanced energy and vitality throughout the work shift.
- Aid in healing work and stress related physical issues, such as back and neck concerns, carpal tunnel and joint conditions, digestive distress, muscle tightness and imbalance, headaches, and fatigue.
- Build team camaraderie by bringing people together in a positive, stress reducing, and encouraging environment.
- Grow job satisfaction on personal and community levels.
- Save your company money and increase creativity, output, and productivity!
How does Yoga in the workplace work?
With an open floor room provided by the company, employees attend a yoga/meditation session. No experience is necessary. Sessions may include gentle stretching and movement, relaxation and meditation, breathing practices, and concentration/focus exercises.
Sessions will be tailored to the population attending, and I will continually work with incoming students of all levels, changing work environments, and requests from corporate and associate tiers to create a program that meets your company’s and employees’ needs.
I offer office/chair/desk yoga (company provides chairs), mat yoga (a few mats will be provided; students choose to bring their own, or often corporations will provide mats for their associates), or meditation only sessions.
Pre-workday morning, lunchtime, or afternoon sessions are available; recommended 1-3 sessions offered in the workplace per week. Sessions can be held in increments of 30 to 60 minutes.
Class size can range from 2 to 15 students.
Can we try it out?
Of course! I offer an 8 class trial program. Sessions are on a regular schedule once or twice a week. You pay a first-try flat rate of $750. With just 10 students/employees enrolled, class is only $7.50 per student! Compare to the standard $12-$18 per class at a studio.
Corporations typically choose one of the following internal options for financing:
- Full subsidy: Employer offers the classes free of charge to the employee.
- Partial subsidy: Class fees are shared by employee and employer.
And if we want more?
Join the continual contract program for $110 per class, minimum of 4 sessions booked. For classes larger than 15, rate is $12 per extra enrolled employee.