Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yoga on the Job

Think only yoga instructors and monks get to practice yoga during the work day? Think again. Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. Companies like Nike, Apple, Google, Forbes, and even General Motors offer employees free yoga instruction during the work day. A study released this year by the American Institute for Preventive Medicine found 62 percent of all companies -- ranging from small to medium and large -- offer some type of wellness program, most including yoga and/or meditation.

Yoga can be a positive influence on ones ability to concentrate, gain confidence, and reduce stress. All these things lead to more a more productive, harmonious work environment. But that's not the only benefit to companies. Providing yoga for employees can significant cut operating costs.

Don't believe me? Consider the costs of employee health insurance and it's clear why more companies are urging their workers to get in shape. Health-care costs nationwide will hit $2.2 trillion, with companies paying an average $9,312 per employee for health insurance, according to a Towers Perrin survey. With these high-costs, companies are finally encouraged to explore and implement wellness programs for preventative and general health of their employees.

Ready to ask your boss for a mid-day savasana?

1 comment:

Maggie Jane said...

We don't have on-site yoga, but my company reimburses employees for "health & wellness programs" up to a certain amount. It's nice to be able to choose how I spend this money; and of course, I use it to take yoga classes during lunch!