When it comes to wellness programs at work, at Absolutely Corporate we’ve noted that often those who choose to participate and are able to benefit are those already taking a proactive approach to their personal well-being.
Unfortunately that tends to mean that those who could potentially benefit most from being involved miss out on all the benefits, with many reasons behind choosing not to participate, including stress and being self-conscious. Even though these activities actually help to manage and reduce stress, while also helping with team building and overcoming these worries in many cases!
The question you may be asking is whether compulsory activities such as yoga, which is suitable for a wide range of participants is a possible solution, and the answer to that question is… a resounding no.
Should workplace yoga be compulsory?
Despite yoga being a low impact activity linked to lowering stress and anxiety levels, improving heart health and fighting depression, not to mention assisting breathing, flexibility and balance, at Absolutely Corporate we still don’t recommend making workplace wellness programs compulsory.
In fact it’s generally accepted that the most beneficial system is one which fosters encouragement and support, as well as encouraging natural leaders in the workplace to become involved.
Some businesses do run compulsory mental well-being related sessions like mindfulness and stress management, as these are considered a more widely relevant and less intrusive activity, however as a rule we don’t encourage compulsory activities, as this can have the effect of creating resentment and negativity, while effecting engagement of participants. It can even impact the enjoyment of those who would choose to attend.
If you’d like advice on how to organise workplace yoga or one of our other corporate workplace well-being activities into your workplace, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Absolutely Corporate today. You can call us today on 1300 217 119, or visit our Contact Page.