Both the company and employees reap the rewards of bringing yoga into the workplace. Employees often report feeling more relaxed and a greater sense of well-being. In addition to the stress reduction benefits of yoga, the practice can help to prevent or mitigate common workplace injuries from repetitive motion such as lifting and moving objects or carpal-tunnel syndrome. Yoga poses can be used to lower blood pressure, reduce neck and back strain, and even headaches.
As a result, companies that offer on-site yoga instructions to their employees on a regular basis are finding a reduction in the overall use of sick days.
Bill Mauke, partner and workforce health practice leader at Ovation Benefits Group in Farmington, reported, “In an effective employee wellness plan, it will have been able to reduce annual cost increases on health care from 12 percent to 3 percent — that’s an excellent outcome. They also find when they look more broadly, they’re able to see substantial decreases in absence and disability costs. When you look at the impact on health holistically, it’s a big number.”
Mauke went on to say that without wellness programs employers can anticipate an annual increase of 10%-15% in health care costs.
Barbara Aiudi, vice president of employee benefits at C.M. Smith Agency in Glastonbury, noted that “studies show that for the most comprehensive programs, you see for every dollar spent, you get $3 to $6 back.”
Perhaps, not surprisingly, an increase in overall morale among employees has been attributed to practicing yoga regularly with colleagues at the workplace.
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