53 percent of the corporate sector in India shifted to yoga in order to increase workplace productivity. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) released a paper stating the benefits companies get from yoga.
“Nearly 53% of firms are participating in yoga sessions in their offices for stress management and many corporate individuals are also opting for personalized yoga classes at home,”
The report is based on the views of 1,500 corporate employees from 250 firms across 18 broad sectors like media, telecom and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) among others. The respondents were based in 10 Indian cities, including Pune. Around 55% of the respondents were in the age bracket of 20-29 years, followed by 30-39 years (26%) and 40-49 years (16%) among others.
The corporate world is tough with the demanding schedules and high stress levels. Long hours of sitting in front of the computer and intense demand from work can cause daytime fatigue and other physical discomfort. According to D S Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM, 60-65 percent of executives are suffering from stress-related diseases like heart diseases and diabetes.
During the celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21, CII’s Maharashtra Chairman, Sunil Khanna, joined his other executives and employees in a 90-minute corporate yoga session. Khanna says, “I have been doing Yoga exercises for than 12 years now. I experimented with it as I was diagnosed with high-blood pressure and was put on medication. After six months, I was off medication and embraced yoga.”
“I have been doing Yoga exercises for than 12 years now. I experimented with it as I was diagnosed with high-blood pressure and was put on medication. After six months, I was off medication and embraced yoga.”
The entire session did not just include exercises which are leaning toward the physical and psychological needs of every individual but also the third dimension – the spiritual. According to ASSOCHAM Co-Chairman of Heath Committee Council, Dr. H K Chopra, these are some benefits from corporate yoga:
- Sound and clear thinking
- Sharpens intelligence
- Improves learning ability
- Improves presenteeism
- Helps cope with problems and produces better job performance
- Controls/reduces escalating health care costs
- Stress buster
- Improve productivity
- Increases employee loyalty
- Reduces attrition rate
- Improves over-all well being
Furthermore, he says that corporate yoga offers a convenient at for employees to have a balanced life and to be able to work-out inside the office premises.
As per ASSOCHAM’s corporate employees’ survey result, around 45.5% of the sample population are suffering from depression or general anxiety. Obesity is the second hard hit disease that was observed among the respondents, with 23% of the sample corporate employees suffering from obesity alone can modify occupational morbidity, mortality and injury risks that can further affect workplace absence, disability, productivity and healthcare costs. High blood pressure (B.P) and diabetes are the third and fourth largest disease with a share of 9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively as suffered among the corporate employees. The following statistics are sad and shocking, nearly 40.5% of corporate employees sleep less than 6 hours in a day due to high stressed levels that arise out of tough targets set for themselves by employers and cause diseases like depression, hypertension, sugar etc.,
As per the findings, Yoga sessions are introduced for an hour daily, from Monday to Friday, or for three days a week, depending on the employees’ requirements.