Yoga is being used by many of the world’s most successful companies as a way to improve their employees sense of wellbeing and to increase their productivity.
Some of the world’s biggest companies including Google Ford and Goldman Sachs are now offering their employees regular mindfulness, yoga and wellbeing sessions as a way to enhance their employees performance.
And now Public Health England are also helping to spread the message and encourage small and medium sized companies to invest in programmes aimed to help their employees.
The two biggest causes of workplace absenteeism are stress and lower back pain.
The figures vary, depending upon your source, but the U.K. government estimated that in the 2015/16 tax year more than 30 millions days were lost due to these two causes alone.
In July of this year the chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, was featured in an article in the Observer. He said that the 5.5 million small and medium sized business in the U.K. could do “much more to tackle the £29bn annual bill for sickness absence while improving productivity and increasing profits at the same time.” You can find out more here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/22/yoga-staff-fitness-wellbeing
A recent Time article also reported that company wellbeing programmes featuring Yoga, Pilates and mindfulness helped to reduce absenteeism and cut medical cost but perhaps more importantly hugely increased participants’ morale, with employees reporting a greater sense of being appreciated by their organisation.