You want your staff to be healthy and happy right?
You are no doubt aware that healthy staff are more productive.
Healthy staff have fewer illnesses and accidents due to not being stressed, overweight or lacking in sleep.
Healthy staff experience less absenteeism and presenteeism.
“In the changing world of work, motivated, qualified and above all, healthy employees are essential for Australia‘s future economic prosperity.”
Source: Best Practice Guidelines, Workplace Health in Australia, Revised October 2015, Workplace Health Association Australia
Workplace wellness today
Employers with a vibrant wellness program usually have a strong corporate culture helping to attract and retain the best staff. This is why it is crucial to have a workplace wellness program. Not only that, but to continually improve and diversify the program.
Maybe you already offer workplace health checks, walking/running challenges, team sports and have an on-site gym. These kinds of activities are okay for monitoring current health and exercising. What they don’t offer is an integrated approach not only to health, but also family and careers.
The Global Wellness Report (6th Edition) defines workplace wellness as:
A broader focus on overall well-being, including a more holistic view and integrated approach to supporting employees in their health, wealth and careers, with a shared responsibility and employer support for well-being as part of a compelling employee value proposition.
We’ve moved on from just fixing our current health problems to a holistic view of actively preventing future health problems.
According to www.dictionary.com, wellbeing is defined as; a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity.
With this in mind, can you afford not to look after staff wellbeing?
“With Australians spending approximately 1/3 of their adult life at work, the workplace plays a pivotal role in the physical, mental, economic and social wellbeing of workers, and in turn, their families.” Source: Best Practice Guidelines, Workplace Health in Australia, Revised October 2015, Workplace Health Association Australia
Would you like to significantly improve:
Whilst also reduce:
You’re not alone. In Australia and New Zealand, 45% of organisations implemented a wellness program to improve morale and productivity.*
A further 37% introduced a wellness program to reduce absenteeism and presenteeism.*
What’s yoga got to do with it?
Yoga is an ancient 5000-year-old practice which has grown exponentially in the western world over the last decade. It offers a perfect remedy for the ailments of modern society:
- Technology overload
- Feelings of disconnection
In a fast-paced, busy world yoga and meditation classes offer one of the few times when you can truly unplug from technology and free yourself from the distractions around you.
Yoga is the integration of the body, mind and soul. Therefore, a large emphasis is placed on the internal mind with roots deeply entrenched in philosophy. Yoga not only strengthens the physical body, it also encourages self-reflection and a more positive view of the world.
Yogic return on investment
Yoga has been proven to alleviate stress in the workplace increasing productivity, relationships within teams and reducing depression and absenteeism. HeadsUp states the following:
- $2.30 is the average return on investment for every $1 invested in creating a mentally healthy workplace
- 3-4 days off work per month (average) for employees experiencing depression
In the US, the benefit of corporate wellness programs can be as high as $3 for every dollar invested, says Ron Goetzel, director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Workplace yoga can help to significantly improve relationships as it encourages more open and honest communication with ourselves and those around us which helps to break down barriers and enable us to work more cohesively in a team.
Yoga classes may be introduced as a stand alone wellness initiative or as part of a comprehensive wellness program.
Don’t you want to be a part of an innovative and health promoting workplace?
A workplace that:
- Inspires creativity
- Attracts new staff whilst retaining existing staff for longer
- Reduces costs lost through absenteeism and presenteeism
- Helps staff feel valued
- Prevents and assists with stressors and work-related injuries
Yoga, meditation and mindfulness help employees to remain focused on one task and make decisions with improved problem-solving skills.
“Studies have demonstrated that just one yoga session a week is enough to start noticing a difference in improved memory and the ability to think with more creatively and also to increase clarity, reduce stress and notice physical benefits.” (Source: www.alsco.com.au)
Look after your staff’s wellbeing and they will feel valued, appreciated and be more productive, present and less absent. Word get’s out. Then you will attract quality staff who have heard about you and want to work with you.
*Working Well. A global survey for health promotion, workplace wellness and productivity strategies. Survey Report, 6th Edition, July 2014, Buck Consultants.