HIRING US FOR EMPLOYEE WELLNESS
STEP ONE - Finding a space
One of the first and most helpful things to consider when planning an office yoga or meditation program is space. A boardroom, conference room, or large office space that can be available at the same day/time each week is adequate for this purpose. It is optimal for office yoga to take place in a room that has natural light, or with the option to dim any strong fluorescent lights. It is also preferable that the room is clear of distractions and external noise and that there is space for moving furniture out of the way when necessary. We can advise you on your available spaces if you are still unsure where your corporate wellness classes can be held or if the space is large enough for your group.
While having yoga classes available to your team on-site makes it convenient for them to participate, it may not always be the most convenient option for the office. It is not always possible to find a room with perfect conditions. Our studio space is available when not in use during our regularly scheduled classes, and when the weather is nice, nearby parks could also be potential options.
STEP TWO – Picking a time
You will need to determine the number of interested employees as well as their availability and preferences for class times. You will want to schedule the class or classes at a time that is feasible for the majority of employees to attend. It is a good idea to offer a few different options for time slots and to have employees provide feedback. Typically early morning classes, lunchtime classes, or evening classes are the most successful.
When practiced in the early morning, yoga and exercise are significantly beneficial for heightening focus and alertness throughout the rest of the day. Alternatively, if your office is one where people tend to work until late at night, the better option for class times is likely going to be lunchtime or early afternoon. Studies have shown that scheduling an activity in the middle of the day can lead to increased energy levels in the afternoon, which will benefit your employee’s post-lunch productivity.
STEP THREE – Who will pay?
You should consider whether the company will fund the entire wellness program or if the employees will pay.
Some companies ask for a small contribution from their employees ($5-$10 per class) so the staff can benefit from yoga without having to pay studio fees. Others notice that yoga and meditation have such profound effects on employee happiness and inter-team communication that they budget for classes to offer employees. The benefit of the company funding the program is that it shows its employees that the company is committed to their health and happiness. It is a way for employees to feel valued and supported by their workplace.
STEP FOUR – Determining class styles
It may also be useful to understand your employees’ prior experience of yoga or other similar practices. Corporate yoga students can be a mix of people who sometimes attend public classes, seasoned practitioners, and people who have never stepped onto a yoga mat before. Administering a survey can assist in helping oust understand your employees, their experiences, health history, and what they feel they need to focus on most in terms of their mind and body health. This will help us determine the styles of yoga and wellness classes that will best suit the goals of your company and employees.
With several class styles to choose from, your group should be able to find one that is suitable for their varying experience and wellness goals.
STEP FIVE – Mats and equipment
You will need to determine whether to arrange for mats and other equipment before starting a class.
Some employees may already have their own yoga mat. If employers purchase mats however (a small expense when buying in bulk), even those who have never tried yoga before will be more likely to attend class. Eliminating the obligation and hassle of remembering to bring a yoga mat to work is an effective way of enhancing the overall experience for employees, and shows them that the company really cares.
Depending on the class styles your organization ultimately agrees upon, you may also wish to arrange for equipment such as blocks and straps for your group. For instance, beginners or people who are carrying injuries will greatly benefit from the use of yoga props so that they can modify for their bodies and access a greater variety of poses.
Prairie Fire Yoga can also transport all required equipment to your office for each class.
STEP SIX – Commitment
Experience has shown us that wellness practices such as the ones we offer can change lives.
Prairie Fire Yoga is dedicated to the health and happiness of everyone who gets involved with us.
We know that good health and awesome results are possible when one commits to a wellness practice for a sustained period.
We will work with you to develop the plan that is right for your organization and achieves the optimal results for your employees.
Ultimately, a three-month commitment to regular weekly classes is recommended, in order to allow employees to create lasting transformation.