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Why More Companies Are Using Workplace Yoga

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Yoga is a practice that’s been used for thousands of years to soothe the mind and challenge the body.

The benefits of yoga have gained significant popularity in recent years, but it is more than a fad.

In fact, yoga is beginning to expand beyond typical class spaces like a studio or a gym. In fact, CEOs are introducing workplace yoga to offer employees physical benefits and boost workplace morale.

Today, we’re discussing a few reasons why this health-focused initiative is a great idea.

Ready to learn more? Let’s dig in!

1. Help Employees Feel Better

Many people who work a desk job develop severe back pain, which can lead to taking sick days at the company’s expense.

In the past, such discomfort has caused an entire country 40% of 7.6 million missed working days. The pain develops over long periods of sitting in one position, but it has multiple repercussions when employees have to take days away from the office.

Why not be proactive and address this issue by soothing their pain in-house?

Workplace yoga addresses pain before it becomes chronic, and soothes the mind as well.

It can be one of the most effective hours an employee spends at the office. The time to step away from their desk gives people an opportunity to log into the things going on in the body.

2. Improve Company Performance

Although yoga is commonly known as a form of exercise, the mental benefits are just as clear as the muscle definition.

When employees become more mindful, the whole company benefits.

By integrating workplace yoga, it’s common for companies to see a rise in productivity rates, as well as more creative, innovative ideas, come through the funnel.

This is because employees now have a space to let peripheral things go and focus on their tasks at hand. They have an improved sense of clarity as they return to responsibilities, and overall morale improves too.

3. Reduce Negative Behavior

Yoga is a form of meditation.

It brings people in tune with their breathing, opens their perspective to challenges and opportunities in life, and calms the ego.

Such mental breakthroughs can shift the energy in the office from tense and stressed to be more collaborative, understanding, and welcoming. It transforms the way departments interact and employees handle frustrations with one another.

Yoga actively combats the physical effects of stress at work, too.

This includes obesity and eating disorders, as well as heart disease – all better kept at bay with an employee yoga program.

Plus, yoga reduces the amount of time employees have to take off. It can save companies thousands on sick days or personal time many feel pushed to take when their pain or mental health pushes the limits.

Roll Out the Welcome Mat to Workplace Yoga

Give your people the chance to roll out their mat at work and see how the benefits roll in.

Workplace yoga may be the missing piece in someone’s routine, no matter if they are a department manager or entry-level intern.

It is the chance to relieve the body and the mind, and that’s something we can all use.

Are you ready to feel the difference yoga can make for yourself? Contact us today.

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5 Sources of Stress at Work (and How to Prevent Them)

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Of course work is stressful, but too much stress can decrease performance and productivity. It’s important to identify the sources of stress at work and do what you can to resolve them.

The first step is simply understanding what’s causing all the stress to begin with. We can help! Below are five of the most common sources of stress and how to avoid them.

Sources of Stress at Work

When you stress out at work it’s a lot harder to get things done. And that stress doesn’t necessarily stay behind at work.

Many people allow the stress of work to flow over into their personal lives. This can cause anxiety, depression, and trouble sleeping among other things.

Being happy at work means being more productive. Take action to be happier and more productive by reading through some common sources of stress:

1. High Workloads

This can mean high volumes of work, unrealistic deadlines, and any other pressure that makes people feel rushed or overwhelmed.

When you are stressed about all the work you have to do, you’re less likely to be productive.

Be open with management about your workload. Discuss a timeline and workload that you feel comfortable with and bring up unrealistic deadlines where appropriate.

2. Poor Management

Poor management can leave employees feeling like they don’t have any support or direction. And how’s anyone supposed to get work done if their leaders aren’t leading?

Forty-six percent of employees rarely or never leave a meeting knowing what they’re supposed to do next. Communication will help.

Again, be transparent with management. Talk to your managers first directly and express how you feel. Then, if necessary, talk to other managers and let them weigh in on how you should handle your situation.

3. A Lack of Control

Sometimes it feels like work is something you take control of. Sometimes it feels like some kind of mandatory servitude.

This lack of control can bum you down and make it feel like there’s little place to go from here. Know that you are always in control!

Speaking up and taking action to improve work responsibilities looks really good to management. If they don’t appreciate it, and if you truly know there are few opportunities left, take control and look for other work.

4. Not Enough Work

Small workloads can sometimes make people feel like their skills aren’t being used like they should. Maybe your bosses and supervisors don’t know what you’re capable of.

Remind them of your talents and show them new projects you’ve come up with. Look at the present problems the company is facing and provide creative solutions (even if it isn’t expected of you).

Taking initiative could show them that you deserve more work.

5. Micro-management

Direction and leadership are good. Micro-managing is very bad. Management might think that peering over shoulders and scrutinizing reports is productive.

But really, it isn’t.

Keep track of moments when you feel like you’re being micro-managed. Reflect to see if there is unclear communication between you and management. Maybe you’ll find out it’s just how your boss behaves (that isn’t an excuse, though).

Let them know that it’s hindering work performance and putting you in a constantly uncomfortable position.

Communication

The best ways to handle stress is to understand where it’s coming from and to communicate your feelings when you can.

Keeping healthy will also help out with productivity. A healthy body and mind is needed for work! Check out wellness services at FTX Wellness here.

5 Ways Wellness Can Reduce Work Compensation Claims

5 Ways Wellness Can Reduce Work Compensation Claims

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Some people assume that wellness programs don’t help lower compensation claims. That they are just one more expense to the employer.

This couldn’t be further from the truth, and here’s why.

Read on to find out five ways in which wellness programs can reduce workers compensation claims.

1. Prevents injuries and illness from happening

What if your employees received training on how to sit properly at a desk and when to take breaks?

What if they were instructed on the proper stretches to decrease the chances of carpal tunnel syndrome?

You see, it’s training such as this that can prevent injuries and illness from happening in the first place.

2. Helps to increase overall health

According to a 2012 Gallup poll, employees that had a high well-being had 41% lower health-related costs than employees who were struggling.

And 62% versus employees who were struggling with their health.

If we have wellness programs in place, such as gym access and nutrition classes, employees’ overall health stands a better chance of improving.

If we look at the stats, this means wellness programs stand to increase ROI.

Since wellness programs put employees in contact with health resources, there’s a good chance that fewer compensation claims will be filed.

3. Helps the very unhealthy

According to a Harvard business review article, “Ensuring the chronically ill in disease management programs that ensure they get appropriate care has the most potential to reduce insurance premiums.”

This makes sense given that, according to the article, the chronically ill make up roughly half of the compensation claims.

To decrease the claims, it’s important to provide the chronically ill proactive ways for them to manage their illness.

You can also expect an increase in productivity and workplace engagement. This is because healthier employees take fewer days off.

4. Creates a positive workplace community

Let’s face it, we need the motivation to achieve our goals. Getting on the treadmill every day and planning out meals can be an arduous task.

So why not do it together?

Having gym access, physical therapy, holistic intervention, yoga, and health classes starts the conversation.

Instead of only talking about the upcoming project, employees can root each other on in their health goals.

Even some will work together, making it more likely for positive health changes to occur.

In fact, according to this article, a supportive community culture is one of the seven things that employees want in a wellness program.

Plus, you’ll most likely see an overlap in work, as teamwork and morale increase.

5. Establishes a better work-life balance

Employees who participate in physical activity increase their endorphins. In case you don’t know, these are neurochemicals that make you feel happy.

This will also lower stress. Both of these aspects are important in having a good work-life balance.

As employees will be more present at work and in their personal lives.

This makes it less likely for employees to turn to negative coping methods.

Also, this will make it less likely for employees to need mental health services such as counseling to deal with depression or anxiety.

Compensation claims can go down

Wellness programs aren’t all talk. If the right program is in place, it can reduce claims.

What other benefits have you seen in wellness programs? Leave a comment!