Yoga at work
Over my years in the corporate world – leading strategic business transformation for large financial institutions – I noticed the importance of handling stress and emotions amongst teams; and how employee engagement is important for productivity.
I offer yoga classes to mindful organisations who wish to invest in the physical and mental well-being of their employees. Each package is tailor-made and aligned to the company’s well-being objectives and core values.
Why Yoga at work
Stress is a cause of frustration and unhappiness in the workplace, and one of the primary reasons for lack of productivity, demotivation as well as absenteeism (bill is estimated as much as £29 bn in the UK)
For instance, a survey (conducted by Management Consultancy firm PwC) of 2,000 British workers in junior and senior roles has found that 34% of them are dealing with anxiety, depression, or stress
The benefits of yoga in the workplace are regularly covered in the mainstream and scientific media, where it is reported that introducing regular yoga classes in your organisation can
– increase overall engagement in the workplace by supporting well-being in the office
– increase focus and creative thinking by reducing stress
– improve positive relations between co-workers promoting equality and non-judgmental attitudes
I live internationally and offer classes in Paris, South-West of France and Brussels. You can visit my dedicated French website here. Contact me for prices and packages options!
Reported benefits of Yoga at work
Incentive for employee engagement
In the most recent Human Capital trends report from Deloitte, 67% employees found a designated office space for wellness highly valuable, and 60% report he same on wellness counselling. Millennials (who now make up more than half of the workforce in many countries) spend almost twice as much on “self-care” as baby boomers do.
60% respondents of the same survey agree well-being programs improve employee retention, 61% agree it improves productivity and business results.
According to researchers from the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, on experiments with introduction of yoga classes at work:
“A majority of the clinic’s patients report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms of stress. They also experience greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations”
Balancing effects of sitting at a desk
Constant sitting has damaging effects on productivity. Stretching for less than 30 mins can counterbalance its effects, and yoga is a great way to correct your posture. In a dedicated article published by The Times, you can read
“Mind-body techniques like yoga can help counteract some of that stress and some of the physical demands of work, whether from hard manual labor or sitting hunched over at a computer”
In another article from Fast Company, it’s reported that movement can increase focus and result in better engagement. “In one study led by Groppel, a workforce whose members moved throughout the workday for 90 days was found to be more focused and energized. “The more focused you are, the more energy you have and the more engaged you are”
Yoga can offer a well-deserved break for employees and allows them to come back to work with a clearer head, increased motivation, and the ability to create a gap between emotions and reaction.