Work stress and the effects of remaining sedentary at work can cause all sorts of problems ranging from back pain to anxiety. Left unchecked, these are problems that contribute to chronic health conditions costing time and money for employee and employer. A workplace yoga program can meaningfully address these concerns and enhance employee wellbeing.
What’s it like?
Your employees gather in a space of your choosing—perhaps you have a dedicated fitness facility, but a conference room can work just as well. I’ll take time before beginning class each week to get to know your employees in order to address their unique needs and circumstances, and then I’ll lead them through an hour of yoga that meets them where they are and helps them find balance. I will be available to answer questions and will give them the individual attention they need during class to ensure they’re practicing safely and confidently.
When you contract with me, your employees will get the same teacher every week. The consistency of focused attention from a teacher who knows them and understands their unique needs develops trust and community, which will maintain ongoing engagement in our wellness offering over the long term.
- Increase productivity through improved focus and concentration.
- Improve adaptive response to stress through supported engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system
- Encourage trust and community among coworkers
- Decrease injuries by improving adaptive response to stress
- Decrease illness through improved immune function
- Help employees feel valued at work
- Improve morale and job satisfaction
- Alleviate concerns common among people who are sedentary at work such as neck, shoulder and back pain, eye strain, headaches, sciatica, anxiety and fatigue
Findings on stress and yoga at work:
The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that healthcare expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
Econometric analyses show that healthcare expenditure in the United States has increased almost 50% for workers who perceive their jobs as stressful and almost 200% for those reporting high levels of stress and depression (Sauter & Hurrell 1999)
In a 2012 study, Aetna and Duke University Medical School evaluated a yoga-based stress-reducing program developed for Aetna’s workers. The study found $2000/year savings in medical costs for individuals with lower stress.
A 2010 study at British University found improvements in 7 of 8 measures of mood and well-being among participants in the study’s weekly yoga classes as compared to participants who did not participate over the 6 week study.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics’s Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) estimated that there were 3,418 cases of occupational stress in 1997. The median absence from work for these cases was 23 days, more than four times the median absence for all nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. Forty-four percent of occupational stress cases involved 31 or more lost workdays, compared to 19 percent of all injuries and illnesses.