This article first appeared in www.doyouyoga.com. Although the companies highlighted in the article are US based the benefits of having regular yoga sessions in the workplace equally apply to Melbourne workplaces.
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
Read the article below.
We all know that yoga is great for your health and happiness. And if you’re lucky enough to work for one of these companies, your boss knows it too! We talked to five different companies who all offer yoga classes to their employees as one of the perks of working there, to see how it benefits productivity and happiness.
So if you’re looking for a new job where you can get your asana on, or if you just like seeing what’s around, check out this list of wonderful companies that offer yoga to their employees, and why yoga at work, well…works.
Patagonia, the eco-conscious outdoor company, has been on the forefront of offering yoga to their employees for quite some time…
How long have you offered yoga classes to your employees for? Are they popular within the company?
We have been offering yoga to Patagonia employees for 25 years! Patagonia founders Yvon and Malinda Chouinard were the ones to start the yoga program when they hired Patagonia’s first yoga teacher, Maura Patrice. The classes are incredibly popular. We offer classes at the corporate offices and in Patagonia retail shops. Classes are always full, and all yoga classes are free for employees.
How has your employee yoga program impacted employee health and happiness?
The classes really do impact employee health and happiness in a wonderful way. As we all know, taking the time to stop and breathe is so incredibly important for the mind and body. Patagonia has a very positive, collaborative work environment, and the yoga classes absolutely contribute towards that. Recently, a group of regular Patagonia yogis have started a meditation session in the late afternoon as well!
Though we have never conducted any official studies on yoga impacting productivity at Patagonia, we can say without question that it has a positive effect.
Would you recommend other companies to offer yoga classes to employees?
Absolutely. There is no down side to offering yoga classes to employees — taking the time to pause, breathe, stretch, and collaborate with other employees away from the computer screen is so important.