Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness in the Workplace – Corporate Wellbeing
When you invest in corporate wellbeing, you are investing in the future of your business. Keeping your employees fit, happy and healthy is crucial in today’s corporate environment. Your employees are your company’s greatest asset.
Do your employees drag themselves into work? Is office laughter a vague memory? Your employees’ morale may need a boost. After all, low morale can lead to poor cooperation, low productivity, increased turnover and ultimately hinder a business from reaching its goals.
The good news is Laughter Yoga can provide an instant morale boost.
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75% of workers are tired during the day. A lunch time laughter session can help employees to re-charge, de-stress, boost energy levels, enhance creativity and productivity.
Why Laughter in the Workplace ?
In short to help employees let go of stress, feel better, boost their confidence, creativity and morale. This in turn can aid in creating a happy healthier and more productive workforce.
The results of CBI/Pfizer’s recent Absence and Workplace Health Survey, found that absenteeism is costing the UK economy a staggering £14 billion a year. Further research released from business advisers PwC shows sick days alone are costing British business almost £29bn a year because workers are taking more than four times as many days off work as their counterparts in across the globe.
Absence is a key issue that businesses often require help with, that actually costs real money and creates a lot of pressure on other members of the workforce within an organisation, causing yet more stress and the problem then escalates. This then affects both productivity, employee engagement, employee happiness and morale.
One factor that contributes to employee retention is happiness. By implementing something as simple as a regular laughter yoga programme you can make a huge difference. A Lunchtime Laughter Yoga session is a great way of integrating laughter in to any workplace health and well-being programme and a perfect way to break up a long day giving employees a quick energy boost. So here we have it, prevention and effective well-being programmes are key for employee retention and to improve levels of absenteeism.
Laughter Yoga is a global phenomenon being practised in over 100 countries, successfully. There are over 10’000 laughter clubs worldwide and this figure is growing rapidly because people are reaping the benefits. It is a powerful tool helping business people reduce workplace stress and create a happy, focused and energetic workforce. Within the workplace it is helping to boost workers confidence, enhancing their creativity, boosting morale and generally helping to create a much happier and more efficient workforce. There are many studies relating to laughter yoga in the workplace with surprising results. Some are even reporting back less absenteeism since bringing in laughter wellness workshops.
How Laughter Yoga Works: With prolonged Intentional laughter one can exhale more carbon dioxide which oxygenates each and every cell of the body and brain. This improves efficiency, mental focus and concentration.
BBC and Google Offices are using it, Oprah Winfrey has tried and said it works, British actor John Cleese endorsed it. There are many life changing stories from people who have literally laughed themselves well!!
This innovative concept has been widely accepted all over the world and has been written about in prestigious publications like TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph and many others.
Laughter Yoga which initially started as a social club movement but has since been embraced by the business world, where it provides companies and organizations powerful operational benefits. Companies around the world are starting to introduce Laughter Yoga and employers find it can have a profound influence on their business even making their company more profitable.
By introducing laughter sessions for all staff, companies have reported a happier workplace, increased efficiency, better communication, increase in sales and productivity, increased creativity and better teamwork, decrease in illness and absenteeism, and a reduction in employee turnover.
How Laughter Yoga Helps Improve Business and Performance
While there are many tools available for stress management, Laughter Yoga is a unique system that helps to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress at the same time. It works simultaneously both on body and mind. A research conducted in December 2006, on 50 IT professionals in Bangalore, India found a significant reduction in stress levels as shown by reduction in cortisol levels in saliva.
At a given time, the performance depends upon mood and Laughter Yoga has the power to change the mood state within minutes by releasing neuro-peptides from the brain cells called endorphins. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs. Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels.
“People who laugh together, work together” John Cleese, a renowned British comedian, once said during his visit to Mumbai that Laughter is a great connector of people. It breaks all hierarchies and is a force for democracy. Laughter Yoga has the ability to change the work environment drastically by making people happy and cheerful, bringing positive mental attitude, hope and optimism in the workforce. It also increases communication skills to help in teambuilding.
A good leader is the one who has the ability to effectively get in touch with his emotions and understand those of the others. Laughter Yoga helps to connect with people in the workplace and bring an emotional balance. This is greatly helpful in achieving targets and accomplishing goals.
Innovation and Creativity
The most creative people in the world are children. The essence of Laughter Yoga system is to cultivate childlike playfulness. This playfulness stimulates the right brain activity which is the seat of creativity. This helps to generate new ideas and insights about workplace issues and problems.
Increasing Attention Span in HR Trainings
The human brain cannot concentrate for more than 90 minutes after which the attention span reduces. Even a 5-10 minute Laughter Yoga session can provide a great energy boost during long training sessions and conferences. It helps to increase the attention span, enhance learning skills, concentration powers and potential.
Positive Work Environment
Job dissatisfaction and hostile work environments compel people to change jobs more frequently thus affecting productivity and profitability. Laughter Yoga creates positive energy and improves communication between people. The Bangalore study also confirmed the increase in positive emotions and decrease in negative emotions, thereby developing an emotional intelligence. This helps to create a more constructive and happier work environment.
Motivation and communication
For people working in front office and sales and marketing, Laughter Yoga helps to bring a smile on their face and generate good feelings within the body. This enhances their communication and motivational skills thus increasing their client base and customer satisfaction.
The basic objective of every human being is to enjoy life, live in harmony with family and have lots of friends to connect with. But, one cannot enjoy life if one is sick. Laughter Yoga is a single exercise routine which brings physical, mental and social wellbeing in a shortest period of time. People can feel the benefits from the very first session.
Ideal Exercise for Busy People
Dr. Kataria says that in his 30 years of experience in medicine, the two most common causes of ill health are wrong food habits and lack of exercise which leads to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and many stress related illnesses. Dr. Williams Fry of Stanford University proved that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. This is not in term of muscular movements but a cardio pulmonary endurance. The purpose of all aerobic exercises is to stimulate heart rate, increase blood circulation, supply oxygen and remove waste products. If you do laughter exercises for 10 minutes you don’t have to run for 30 minutes you will get same benefits.
Contact us for further information and a quotation for anything from a 15 minute ice breaker to a full day wellness stressbuster. We are based in London and we love to travel too.
Our client list includes large multi national corporations to financial institutions to charities to hen parties. We can customise a workshop that is perfect for your group or organisation.