Improving wellbeing and resilience to stress in the workplace
Improving well-being and resilience to stress are key issues facing many organizations (Sparks et al 2001). According to Fuller (2010), 97% of senior human resources professionals believe stress is the biggest threat to the future health of the workforce.
There is also a growing trend toward long-term absences of >20days, due in large part to psychosocial factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression (CBI 2010).
Recent evidence has shown that workplace programs of physical activity have a positive effect on employees (NICE 2008). This positive effect extends to workplace activity programs that include yoga involving physical postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation (Mohan 2006; Granath et al 2006; Gura 2002; Heilbronn 1992)
A recently conducted study randomised patients to either wait list control groups, or yoga intervention. The large trial concluded, in support of existing evidence, that even a short program of yoga is effective for enhancing emotional wellbeing and resilience to stress in the workplace. The authors suggested that employers should consider offering yoga classes to their employees (Hartfiel et al 2011).
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