Rejuvenating Workplace: Companies are turning to yoga to boost employee productivity: ASSOCHAM survey

Mumbai:  Business mission is becoming more meaningful by use of yoga. By chanting yoga mantas Indian Inc has been successful in bringing mental fitness and physical wellbeing among employees. Mora than half of the corporate companies (53%)are opting for yoga sessions in workplace to boost productivity, reduce sick days, increase mental clarity, combat fatigue, improve memory, fight stress and increase workplace satisfaction, an ASSOCHAM paper coinciding with the “International Yoga Day” (June 21) noted.

As per the ASSOCHAM recent estimates, there is about a 35 percent annual increase in demand for yoga learning in India. This demand trend will accelerate further to become multi-billion dollar market in the form of health clinics, ayurveda resorts, holiday camps, corporate training etc, conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) paper on “International Yoga Day”.

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The report is based on the views of 1,500 corporate employees from 250 companies across 18 broad sectors like media, telecom and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO), etc. The report included the major cities like Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabd, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun etc. A little over 200 employee were selected from each city on an average.

The number of employee from the corporate world who seek yoga classes have gone up by about 35-40% this year compared with last year (20%), said Dr. B K Rao, Chairman of ASSOCHAM Health Committee Council. Many B-Schools are ahead of the curve as these have compulsory yoga modules to minimize the stress of the candidates.

According to the findings, nearly 53% of corporate companies are participating in yoga sessions in their offices as stress management activities and many individuals are also opting for personalized yoga classes at home. The corporate industry is looking to promote healthier practices for their employees to boost productivity, adds the survey.

Hectic schedules and high stress levels are leading to depression or general anxiety disorders, which are affecting employees both mentally and physically. Almost 60 to 65% of executives are suffering from stress-related diseases, said Mr. D S Rawat, Secretary General ASSOCHAM while releasing the survey.

ASSOCHAM Co-Chairman of Health Committee Council Dr. H K Chopra said, “Yoga helps people learn quickly, sharpens intelligence, and helps cope with problems, which enhances job satisfaction levels of employees.” Yoga helps employees in achieving a perfect work-life balance.

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