When implemented thoroughly and with an employee focus, corporate wellness programs are a significant benefit to the health and well-being of employees. Such programs provide needed screenings, raise awareness and provide motivation for healthy living, and oftentimes offer fitness and other wellness classes. Corporate wellness programs also benefit companies through increased happiness and productivity of employees.
Corporate wellness that only accounts for the physical body, however, can only go so far. Addressing one’s physical health is beneficial, but there’s more to each person than the physical. Some wellness programs recognize this and address the mental health of each employee, and this intersection is where I aim to make an impact as well. The body and mind of each person are connected and each part of each person needs to be cared for. Call it holistic corporate wellness, corporate mindfulness, or whatever else makes sense. Beyond being an employee, each person is just that (a person), and the ultimate benefit is received for both the company and each person when the whole person is addressed.
For me, yoga is the perfect vehicle to strike the balance between meeting the physical and mental needs of each person. Physical activity is an integral component of yoga, as you stretch and strengthen your body. This naturally leads to a more relaxed mental state, yes, but yoga also intentionally cultivates mindfulness. This occurs in many ways: through breath work, meditation, and a consistent emphasis on relaxing the mind. This focus on and service to the whole person makes yoga stand out in the corporate wellness arena.
Improving physical wellness is essential. But why stop there? Mental wellness can change employees’ perceptions of their work and their life for the better, increasing happiness and satisfaction. In addition, this mental work can have direct and tangible benefits to employees productivity and morale. Moving forward, companies that address the health of the whole employee will have an edge in both retaining employees and allowing them to be their best selves as they work.