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How yoga can increase productivity in the office

September 12, 2022

Yoga doesn’t just benefit the physical health of your employees; it also benefits your workplace in many ways. It improves energy levels, boosts concentration, reduces stress, and increases creativity making your employees more productive in their work.

Many companies now recognize the power of yoga and are starting to offer yoga classes as part of their corporate wellness programs. Notable companies doing so include Forbes, Apple, Google, Chase Manhattan Bank, HBO, and Nike, to name a few. We’re going to unpack several key benefits of yoga in the workplace and why your company should follow suit and consider offering yoga classes as part of your corporate wellness.

Benefits of yoga for employees

Yoga is so much more than just a chance to relax. It has many benefits that can be game changers in the workplace. Below are a few of the most notable benefits:

  1. Improves energy levels

Working nonstop and sitting at a desk all day can cause fatigue. Even just standing up or taking a walk around the office every 30 minutes can make a huge difference in energy levels. So, just imagine what 30 minutes of yoga can do for employees.

Practicing yoga regularly will boost energy levels in the body and keep employees active throughout the workday.

2. Boosts concentration

Yoga focuses on building strength and flexibility. It’s a great way to increase blood flow which has been proven to improve concentration.

Yoga’s breathing and meditation exercises also help to silence the noise of the day and clear clutter, allowing employees to be more mindful, alert, and focused. Implementing this practice into your office’s daily routine will lead to increased productivity not only in the office, but outside of work as well.

3. Reduces stress

Stress can greatly impact the mental health of your employees. Tight deadlines, high turnover, and a fast work pace are just a few factors that can add stress to even the best of employees.

While small amounts of stress are expected with any job, high levels of stress can lead to a decline in productivity.

Yoga is one of the best ways to combat stress and has been shown to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Taking a break to do a short yoga practice can significantly reduce stress and help minimize all the associated aspects.

4. Increases creativity

As yoga increases concentration and productivity, it’s no surprise that it can get your creative juices flowing as well. Just think, if your mind is being blocked by stress how can you have the freedom to think outside of the box?

Employees who regularly tap into their creativity are actually better problem solvers. Their ability to examine all sides of an issue with a level head allows them to come up with solutions that might be completely new and interesting and can increase their confidence in the long run.

5. Improves physical health

Yoga has many physical health benefits. The relaxation techniques built into yoga can help in many areas including, but not limited to, alleviating chronic pain, lowering blood pressure, maintaining a balanced metabolism, increasing strength, toning muscles, and reducing insomnia.

How Edenred can help

If you’re looking to update your employee perks and possibly add yoga or other wellness activities to your benefits package, we’d love to assist you.

Schedule a meeting today to ensure you’re offering the most competitive packages and that your employees can take full advantage of them.

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