Companies are turning to corporate wellness programs to improve their employees’ health as well as their own bottom line. It’s a win-win situation, and the cycle feeds itself – when employees are healthy and happy, their productivity goes up, which means reducing turnover costs for the company, and potentially earning them more money.
Corporate wellness research
Edelman Intelligence did a meta-analysis of corporate studies in 2016. As reported in Natural Awakenings’ January 2018 edition: “corporate wellness programs are linked to a 25% reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, 25% reduction in health costs and 32% reduction in workers compensation and disability costs.”
Some areas of focus in the study included:
- mental and physical benefits of meditation
- “digital detox” from everyday technologies, including a “Be Unplugged” optional program at the Quincy Hotel in Washington, D.C.
- adult play and re-discovering your inner child
- the concept of food as medicine
- being well where you are, including things like hotel yoga classes and airport farmer’s markets
You can read more about it here.
Drumming to unplug and discover your inner child
Corporate drum circles and rhythm-based events are now not only for team-building, but also encouraging personal wellness. Drumming is a natural way to get people to unplug, because you can’t hold your phone while playing a drum (and you most certainly can’t talk on a phone over the joyful noise of the drumming). Also, drumming provides such a mental workout that your brain naturally puts aside those anxious or scattered thoughts and to-do lists, and focuses on the task at hand (pun intended).
Additionally, drumming is a great way to bring out your inner child. Forget “adult coloring books;” drumming fosters creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and stress reduction all in a single session. Research shows that weekly or regular group empowerment drumming sessions provide these benefits in the long-term. One study conducted by Remo HealthRHYTHMS(R) even concluded that regular sessions boosted immunity by increasing natural killer (NK) cell activity (just as they sound – cells able to bind to certain virus-infected cells and kill them).
How implement it
- weekly stress reduction drumming sessions after work
- daily or weekly lunchtime programs
- monthly workshops focused on certain topics – reducing stress, improving communication, finding more joy and intent in daily life
- one-time or regular team-building sessions for certain departments
- one-time or multi-session change management workshops during a challenging transition
- a workshop at a conference other large event
Let’s get started!
Whatever way you feel is best for your company’s employees and culture, we’ll help you implement it with ease and purpose. Contact us for a free 15-minute consultation!