Mindfulness is proving to continue to be a trend for 2018 – And the proof is in the pudding. Or in this case, the workplace. Yoga is Officially Sweeping the Workplace, an article posted by TIME, stated yoga practice among U.S. workers nearly doubled from 2002 to 2012.
The article also shares the following from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Approximately 1 in 7 workers report engagement in some form of mindfulness-based activity, and these individuals can bring awareness of the benefit of such practices into the workplace.” And while the article is from 2017, Johnson & Johnson recently identified 12 Simple Tips for Making 2018 Your Healthiest Year Yet, listing mindfulness as the January tip.
Mercedes Nazy, Vice President and Benefits Manager at Community Bank, mentions a few advantages of offering weekly yoga and walking classes at Community Bank:
- The classes encourage employees to try a healthy activity, while making it easy for them to access
- Engaged employees might change other unhealthy behaviors
- Employees will feel better, being less tired and more productive
- Yoga and walking programs improve morale and create a friendlier environment
- Potentially reduces health care costs
- Participating employees can encourage friends to join them