EEmployee dissatisfaction in America is at an all-time high.
More than ever, today’s employees feel overworked, underpaid, and undervalued, and company loyalty is quickly becoming a thing of the past. This is a significant issue for anyone who wants to run a successful business, especially since studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between happiness levels and productivity in the workplace.
At first glance, yoga seems to be as remote from corporate culture as humanly possible, but it’s not. In fact, a 2017 study found that yoga practice nearly doubled from 2002 to 2012, and this was especially true for white-collar workers.
An increasing amount of businesses are incorporating on-site yoga and meditation sessions into their workplace culture, as doing so has been proven to give their businesses a boost. Here’s how.
Holistic Wellness Reduces Stress Levels.
Many people say we now live in an “Age of Anxiety,” when anxiety is seen as an indicator that an employee cares about their job. But the truth is that anxiety can often be debilitating, and makes it harder for an employee to focus or make decisions. A recent Harvard Medical School study used MRI brain scans to show that yoga and meditation really do modify our neurological functions in a way that reduces anxiety, thereby boosting productivity, motivation, concentration, and decision-making abilities.
Holistic Wellness Shows Workers You Care.
Gone are the days when people just wanted to punch in and punch out of the workday as soon as possible. Today’s employees are willing to work around the clock, but only if they feel like their boss appreciates and cares about them. This is especially true for millennials and Generation Zers, who now make up the majority of the workforce.
Recent research shows that retention rates soar when employers show employees that they care about them, and doing so can also have recruiting benefits, as people are more likely to recommend their workplace to a friend. And there’s no better way to show that you care than by introducing a wellness program.
Holistic Wellness Makes People Feel People Like They’re Part of a Team.
It’s tempting to think that a sense of camaraderie among the staff is a perk rather than a necessity. But a recent Gallup study found that employees are seven times more likely to fully engage with their work if they feel like they are friends with their co-workers. An on-site wellness program can serve as an excellent bonding activity that fosters friendships, a sense of unity within the company, and essential team-building skills. Plus, it can give employees an opportunity to feel like they are all on the same page about what the company’s overall mission is and what strengths each individual can bring to the table.
Holistic Wellness Can Reduce Negativity
Mental health is the biggest buzzword these days. In fact, mental health books outsold diet and exercise books at Barnes and Nobles last year. Being in a “good headspace” is the new “bikini body,” and for good reason. Mindfulness techniques such as those taught in a yoga class have been proven to dispel negative thoughts, induce positive thinking, and encourage empathy and compassion. With the right mindset, someone’s “horrible boss/job” might not seem so horrible anymore. Needless to say, this can also help with engagement and retention rates.
Holistic Wellness Can Reduce Your Health-Care Costs
Research has shown that employees who practice yoga experience less burnout, take fewer sick days, and have better overall health. A 2011 case study of one large corporate company found that introducing a wellness program provided a major return on investment, as the program led to reductions in medical spending on obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. On average, for every dollar spent on the program, the company received a $1.88—$3.92 return on investment in 2009 dollars. That’s the definition of spending money to save money.
The Bottom Line
Holistic Wellness has been proven to reduce stress, negativity, and preventable healthcare costs, and increase productivity, focus, empathy, engagement, camaraderie, confidence, and overall well-being. There are no downsides, and the benefits you reap could be enormous.