With employees spending on average 35-40 hours a week at work and one in four Essex adults classed as inactive, it’s great to see so many work teams take up the challenge and embrace a culture that inspires staff to be more active.
One such company is NHS Mid Essex CCG who we joined for a lunchtime session of yoga. This gentle exercise can be done seated or standing and you don’t necessarily have to bring in special clothing to take part.
.So, what can you expect as a business-owner who’s adopting office yoga?
Greater Energy around the Office
Every office worker knows what that mid-day slump feels like. Luckily, yoga helps with this and gives you a boost of energy and can help prevent a ‘burnout’ feeling. A study focused on nurses who performed yoga sessions over an eight-week stretch. Despite working an exhausting job, the nurses noted fewer feelings of burnout.
A Source of Stress Relief
Along with the feeling of exhaustion, work can create stress. The tension, frustration and hurried feeling can take a toll on employees.
Increased Focus and Productivity
It may seem counterproductive to spend a half hour doing yoga in the office. That quickly becomes 30 minutes where you can’t respond to emails or answer a phone call. But, once that half hour is up, employees should notice an uptick in their focus.
Physical and Mental Health Improves
We know that yoga reduces stress, improves focus and improves energy but yoga can also help manage chronic health conditions. Cancer, insomnia, high blood pressure, and even depression can improve with regular yoga.
Along with benefits to staff, a more active workforce can also lead to better staff morale, reduced sickness levels and improved productivity from higher energy levels.
Caroline Rassell, Chief Executive of NHS Mid Essex CCG, Active Workplace of the Year, said: “We are committed to being an active organisation and organise regular activity sessions for our staff. From lunchtime walks and running clubs to desk stretches, there is something for everyone.
“By taking on the 30:30 Essex challenge we are not only supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff but are providing them with the social benefit of interacting with other staff members who they might not necessarily talk to during their day-to-day work.”