A healthy worker – in mind, body and spirit, is a happy worker.
This is why more and more businesses are trying to find ways to incentivise their employees to keep fit and healthy.
Here are some of the corporate giants that give their employees a chance to unwind once in a while…
One of the biggest companies to incorporate yoga into its daily routine is Apple. They offer on-site yoga classes that employees are actively encouraged to use.
Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Apple, was famously deeply spiritual. So much so that guests at his memorial service were each given a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.
“Jobs first read Yogananda’s book as a teenager and then read it again and again throughout his lifetime for inspiration“ – Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO
In the 1970’s, when Jobs was an employee of video game company Atari, he traveled to India where he spent months embracing the Indian culture – just like The Beatles before him.
“He had the incredible realization that his intuition was his greatest gift, and he needed to look at the world from the inside out,” Benioff explains. “Steve was a very spiritual person. In many ways, he was a guru.”
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”
– Steve Jobs
Apple is famous for its creativity, innovation and intuitiveness, so understand the importance of fueling the creative process. They allow their employees to take 30 minutes each day to meditate at work. Employees are also welcome to make use of a meditation room or enjoy on-site yoga and meditation classes.
Nike incorporates meditation in the workplace to help with employee productivity and satisfaction. Much like Apple, Nike offers numerous relaxation rooms where employees can practice yoga, meditation, and prayer.
When AOL Time Warner reduced their workforce to only 500 employees from the initial 850, staff had a lot more work with a lot less help. With the busier 12 hour days, Time Warner introduced meditation classes into the schedule so workers could spend some time in a quiet room or class to relax and refocus.
Coca-Cola adopts mindfulness training with their employees to help staff lower stress levels and raise creativity. Hotpod Yoga has some classes in London exclusively for Coca-Cola employees that are suitable for all levels.
Google have a cleverly titled program called ‘Search Inside Yourself’. This is a free course that Google provides for all employees that is “designed to teach emotional intelligence through meditation”. The course is tailored to be business-friendly that trains your attention, develops self-knowledge and self-mastery, and creates useful mental habits.
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