Managing Stress at the Office…Yoga Anyone?

Posted by: Aili McConnon on May 1, 2009

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Work stress is at an all-time high, morale is at an all-time low and most managers are trying to get more work done with fewer resources. Managers from the United States, Australia and Ireland reported the highest levels of stress among their teams (48%), according to a new study from Robert Half International, one of the oldest and largest temporary staffing companies. RHI surveyed 4,800 hiring managers in finance and human resources in 21 countries.

Deloitte Consulting has one interesting solution: yoga. I attended a class recently in their World Financial Center office where half a dozen Deloitte employees practiced breathing exercises and downward dogs in a conference room where Deloitte runs business meetings during the day.

Deloitte started offering yoga classes to employees in four locations in the Northeast last year when the economy started to tank. Now several other offices want office yoga too and the firm is setting up additional classes. In April, the company started offering other courses in relaxation: stress management lunches in eight cities. In May, Deloitte will run the lunch workshops in an additional eight cities. Employees learn how to assess their stress level and develop new relaxation techniques.

Cathy Benko, Deloitte’s chief talent officer, says these programs are an inexpensive way to encourage office bonding. “When people feel more satisfied and more connected to their employer and each other, they’re more productive.”

Reader Comments

shobhika

May 3, 2009 1:52 AM

yoga is a great stress buster.there are many yoga asanas and pranayams to deal with stress for more information on it visit our site www.artisticyoga.com

Niyati

September 21, 2009 7:59 AM

I read your whole article and I loved your article. Yoga today is very important in people’s life. There is work load and stress at work place so for reducing this stress yoga has become necessary. It keeps the people fit and fine away from all the health problems. And I have some good yoga tips at http://www.jiyohealthy.com/category/stress/

Sanjeev

October 3, 2009 5:50 AM

How does the benefits of yoga work?

Sanjeev Kumar

October 3, 2009 5:52 AM

How does the benefits of yoga work?

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