THE VERDICT IS IN
Healthy employees are happy employees, and happy employees build the foundation for a strong workforce.
As our cultural understanding of the correlation between wellness and performance increases, the concept of corporate wellness programs is transitioning from a luxury offered by a select group of successful organizations to a strategic necessity recognized by a growing number of companies throughout the world.
What is the problem?
The World Heath Organization has found that stress is the #1 health problem in America contributing to a host of debilitating physical and mental illnesses that leave people feeling a loss of control over their own wellness and happiness.
Furthermore, as healthcare costs increase globally, the financial toll that stress takes on companies is growing astronomically. In addition to increasing healthcare costs, stress-induced illnesses and exhaustion are lead contributors to productivity losses caused by absenteeism in employees who go to work when they are feeling ill or exhausted.
There is a Solution
75% of business’ health care costs pays for treating preventable disorders. As awareness of the correlation between stress and disease grows deeper, more and more companies across the world are investing in programs that combat the effects of employee stress. In doing so, these organizations are creating a new corporate culture, in which quality of life and increased vitality are integral in creating a positive work experience.
From fortune 500 companies such as Google and Apple, to government bureaus and small businesses, organizations all over are discovering that providing mindfulness and fitness programs at work not only benefit employees, but they actually save money otherwise spent on healthcare. The University of Michigan Research Center found that for every $1 spent on workplace wellness, a company can expect to save $3. In addition, companies that take a proactive approach in employee health, see their investment returned in increased employee performance and decreased turnover.
Companies and Employees Benefit from Corporate Yoga and Pilates Programs
Although there are many forms of beneficial fitness programs, yoga and Pilates classes are becoming increasingly popular in corporate settings because of a combined focus on strategies that provide for both physical and mental health.
Corporate Yoga & Pilates
Corporate Yoga coupled with mindful meditation, is the practice of finding peace of mind and body in a hectic work environment. Evidence suggests that yoga and meditation both decrease stress and anxiety and boost the immune system, reducing inflammatory responses associated with many stress-related ailments including ulcers, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders.
Yoga and Pilates are the champions of corporate fitness programs because not only do they combat the emotional malaise that results from being overworked, but they also increase overall happiness, strength and flexibility. These practices are also effective in targeting and rehabilitating specific work-related injury. The benefits of such programs are reflected both in the positive experience of the employees and in the success of the companies.
- Increased confidence and happiness
- Decreased anxiety and high blood pressure
- Increased immune systems and better overall health
- Alleviation of symptoms of repetitive stress injuries
- Greater focus and mental clarity
- Increased stamina and productivity
- Decreased muscle tension and work-related pain
- Weight loss