1. Improve Employee Engagement
A workplace where your employees are reaching their highest capable potential. That's the dream. This is not an easy thing to achieve. You have to create the conditions for your employees to thrive. Creating these conditions is a science. Offering a combination of wellness options, including adding yoga and meditation, is a great starting point.
2. Speak to a Wider Audience
Not everyone wants to, or is able to, participate on the corporate softball team (pre/post pandemic), or run three times a week to achieve their benefits earnings. Offering more options for your employees in your wellness program can help your workplace be more inclusive to all employees. Especially now, having more online wellness offerings allows your employees to access it whenever they need it most on their own time. The best part, anyone can practice meditation or mindfulness.
3. Benefit Expense Reduction
Workplace wellness is a brilliant approach to create culture as well as save on costs related to benefits expenses. Studies show that practicing yoga and meditation can actually save companies money on healthcare costs. In this article published by The New York Times, according to Aetna studies, a yoga and meditation initiative for stressed employees helped Aetna increase productivity and lower health benefit costs 7%.
4. Increase Employee Retention Rate
The employee chooses their employer just as much as the employer chooses them. Companies should be constantly evaluating why an employee leaves, or why they decide to stay. The employee/employer relationship has shifted from an exchange of work for a paycheck, to an exchange of work for a better life. The career someone chooses impacts their lifestyle, their personal brand, the aesthetic of their being. This should NOT be a bad thing. This is a great opportunity for businesses to show up for their employees.
5. Encourage Work-Life Balance
Work-Life balance is a beautiful state of being where a person has enough time and energy to tend to themselves and their life outside of work, as well contribute to their work with high functional capacity. The fact is you cannot have one without the other. Herein lies the balance. If businesses want their employees to increase production, or contribute more, or whatever it may be, the answer isn't to work longer hours. The data shows us this is counter productive. Providing an online yoga and meditation program gives workers the opportunity to make space for themselves when they need it. Tend to some self-care. We all need it. Everyone functions differently, at different times of the day, and this is a great way to meet the needs of your employees.
Zen Lab offers Corporate Team Sessions and Corporate Memberships for those interested in weekly online yoga and meditation classes for their workers. Each session can hold up to 100 employees. I recommend having sessions during lunch or after work. Learn more about becoming a Corporate Partner with Zen Lab.