Yoga Based Solutions

 

THE PROBLEMS

“Job stress creates up to 60% of employee absenteeism” C. Cooper & R. Payne, eds. Causes, Coping and Consequences of Stress at Work

“Job stress costs employers more than $200 billion each year in absenteeism, tardiness, burnout, lower productivity, high turnover, worker’s compensation and medical insurance costs.” National Safety Council

“Depression, a common problem among workers, costs the US $44 billion per year in lost productivity. ” National Foundation of Brain Research

“The California Worker’s Compensation Institute determined that job stress claims increased 700% from 1977-1988.” M. Lehmer et al. J. Occupational Environment

”In a recent 3-year analysis of over 46,000 workers from six major US companies, depression and unmanaged stress emerged as the top two most costly risk factors in terms of medical expenditures – increasing health care costs by 2-7 times as much as physical risk factors such as smoking, obesity and poor exercise habits.” R. Goetzel et al. J Occupational Environmental Medicine

THE SOLUTIONS

“According to researchers from the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, yoga in conjunction with meditation can indeed relieve stress and improve work performance.” Yoga Journal Article http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/294

“Companies with Corporate Health Promotion Programs have realized a 28% reduction in sick leave, a 26% reduction in adjunctive healthcare costs and a 30% reduction in disability and workers compensation costs. ” Health Affairs, Volume 21, No.2, March, 2002

One study indicated that the return on investment for corporate wellness programs is over 5:1, or $5.81 saved for every dollar invested. (Stephenie Overman, author of Next-Generation Wellness at Work)

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommends yoga as “practical strategies for a healthy workplace” (in SHRM’s effective Guide Series)

“High-performance companies clearly understand the health-and-work behavior equation. This is why more than 75 percent of high-performing companies surveyed recently said they regularly measure health status as a component of their overall risk management strategy.” (The Society for Human Resource Management)

“According to research—conducted in October 2011 among 1,121 employees and 533 retirees—52 percent of workers (up from 37 percent a year earlier) said they had more energy to be more productive at work by participating in a wellness program. Another 35 percent (up from 28 percent a year earlier) said that they had missed fewer days of work by participating in a wellness program.” (The Society for Human Resource Management)

“Americans work harder, are more productive and miss fewer days of work as a result of wellness benefit programs, according to the quarterly survey of American workers at growing businesses with 10 to 1,000 employees. Forty-one percent of workers agreed that having a wellness program encourages them to work harder and perform better at work.” (The Society for Human Resource Management)

There is a definite decrease in health care costs when wellness initiatives are offered, and surveys indicate that for every dollar spent on wellness initiatives, most organizations see $1 to $3 decreases in costs. (The Society for Human Resource Management)