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How A Downward Facing Dog Can Improve Employee Engagement

September 3rd, 2015 by Alison McKinney

DFDEmployee engagement seeks employees to be at their top performance levels and advocates for their employers. There are many different methods, approaches and activities used by organisations to help improve and maintain high employment engagement levels, key to a more productive, motivated and happy workforce.

More and more organisations are investing in well-being programmes that not only improve the health and well-being of their employees, thus decreasing absenteeism through ill health, but proves to your employees that you are a caring employee that values its people.

So how about this for a well-being exercise? Yoga.

The health benefits of yoga and meditation are widely publicised but the most widely known are:-

Stress reduction

A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall general sense of well-being.

Improved fitness

Practising yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. Over time, ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen and this leads to increasing elasticity in your body’s movement. This means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavours or in your daily activities.

Management of chronic conditions

Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Inner peace

Yoga has the ability to create inner peace and calm. It’s probably the main image people have of yoga: people with legs crossed, hands over each knee, looking serene. Yet, meditation through regular practice cultivates inner peace and calm, enabling people t connect with the present moment and being in tune with their surroundings.

Weight management

Over indulged in too many business lunches? Yoga helps manage your weight by creating a more positive self-image and, in turn, encourages you to think about nutrition and what you eat.

Of course, there are many different well-being activities you can promote in the workplace. Yoga is one that almost everybody can have a go at, and almost anywhere – so why not give it a go?

If you would like to know more about how we at The Survey Initiative can help with employee engagement levels, or any other employee research aspect, then why not give us a call on +44 (0)1255 850051 or contact us via the web.

Written by Alison McKinney
Alison McKinney is the Project and Quality Assurance Manager at The Survey Initiative, a dedicated employee research organisation devoted to helping its clients gain insight and understanding into what drives employee engagement in their business. Alison has extensive experience in project management and quality assurance and has recently worked on projects for clients as diverse as: WSP Middle East. Natural History Museum, Peverel, Marine Stewardship Council, Accor UK &Ireland and Thompsons Solicitors. Visit http://www.surveyinitiative.co.uk for more information.

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