Health has become a highly prevalent topic due to the recent global pandemic. Not only has the global focus shifted towards health and health care due to the nature and cause of the current crisis, but also on how to get through times of great uncertainty, stress and anxiety about an ever changing world around us. Never before have people been asked to perform the same professional duties for an undetermined period from the confinement of their homes. 

With countries slowly easing up on restrictions and employees making their way back into the office, companies need to find ways to adjust to not only the new circumstances (masks, more frequent cleaning etc) but also be conscious that many employees are now more aware of their health in general and perhaps carry some anxiety in making their way back out into a world that was closed off from them for so long. Organizations will have to find a way to address the concerns as well as focus more and more on employee welfare to not only support staff in their roles but also to retain them. 

Welfare focused initiatives do not just benefit employees. According to the Harvard business review, as it turns out a strategically designed investment in employees’ social, mental, and physical health pays off. Johnson & Johnson created comprehensive wellness programs over 15 years ago and estimated that cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade. Alone from 2002 to 2008, the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent. 

A recently published article in the Forbes magazine supports this thesis. In “Employee Well-Being: A New Perspective On ROI”, Forbes claims not only do organizations with highly effective wellness programs report significantly lower voluntary attrition, but more engagement, better job performance and satisfaction. To quote Virgin Pulse’s 2017 State of the Industry Survey, the study showed that 56% of companies that invested in employee engagement saw higher employee satisfaction, 40% saw enhanced company culture, and 14% saw revenue growth as a result of their employee engagement programs.

Studies and articles from across the globe show clear evidence that benefits of a corporate wellness program increase work productivity and staff retention by strengthening loyalty to the company. At the same time healthcare costs for the company are reduced and it gives organizations the tools it needs to address the anxiety and stress employees may feel during these times of uncertainty. 

It is vital, the programs are set up right so that they benefit both company and employee. Setting up your own yoga studio or gym may come costly and with great effort. Hence it is advised to partner with organizations that can support you in building out the framework that will reinforce your objectives. This is where YOGARENA enables you. From running meditation sessions, to bringing yoga to the desk - the possibilities are of great variety to address any specific needs your company may have. 

Especially yoga and meditation have become a trend topic over the last couple of years and especially during the crisis. And rightfully so. Yoga and meditation have shown extensive advantages such as stress relief, increased focus & concentration, reduced neck back and shoulder pain from hours spent at a desk. At the same time, it provides employees with an energy & productivity boost in a matter of minutes. Simply 5min of meditation has great effects on the state of mind and emotional well being. The best thing about it, is that not only can both yoga & meditation be done in any physical space (e.g. chair yoga) or by anyone of any physical stature, but also no prior knowledge or experience is needed. And many companies are taking advantage of that. From global banks, to start ups or major tech companies such as Google or Spotify - each industry has had variations of yoga & meditations events in their Singapore offices.

The offerings can be as creative as you want them to be, depending on your company culture. From finding a yoga variation that works best for you, to the currently trendy Tibetian sound bowl meditation or sound baths - each can be applied in a workplace setting and provide your employees with health benefits. As the Forbes article quoted earlier explains: Workplace well-being is at a turning point, and employers must re-envision employee well-being as a powerful tool for business success. (..) Engaged, happier and healthier employees ultimately ensure employers are competitive and profitable.

With Gratitude, Nika

Reach out to YOGARENA to start the journey for your organization today.